South Asia & ASEAN

Agriculture Energy & Environment Indonesia Trade defence WTO disputes

COM review of antidumping duties on Argentina and Indonesia biodiesel part of broader web of legal disputes

The Commission announced it was undertaking a review of its antidumping measures applied to biodiesel imported from Indonesia and Argentina which have been in force since 2013. The move is only part of a wider web of legal disputes regarding these measures.   The announcement states that the EU aims to comply with …

Pakistan Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Sri Lanka

GSP Plus – Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka under EU scrutiny

The EU will examine three countries under its GSP Plus scheme in early December: the Philippines, Pakisan and Sri Lanka.   The Philippines have come into the crosshairs of those concerned about recently elected  president Duterte’s human rights track record. Duterte’s ordering of extra-judicial killings in a bloody crack-down on drugs-related crime has raised …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Japan LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN

Trump factor: Commission also sees opportunity to advance own trade agenda

Trade professionals in Brussels are shocked and depressed following the victory of trade-sceptic Donald Trump in the US elections. The flagship but fledgling transatlantic TTIP is seen as frozen, or dead, at least for the time being. But some also see opportunity in this dire situation.   The Transpacific Partnership Agreement …

Internal EU politics South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

Commission plans to step up promotion of EU Vietnam FTA – amidst CETA row

The Vietnamese government is watching the protracted CETA ratification process in the EU with perplexity and anxiety as it asks itself what this could mean for its own recently concluded deal with the EU. The EU Commission shares these worries.   In 2015, Vietnam concluded a wide-reaching free trade agreement with …