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Palm oil growers mull WTO action on EU RED II
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Palm oil growers mull WTO action on EU RED II

Palm oil growers have signalled they could take the European Union to the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body over its new biofuels regulation. The EU is preparing a definitive version of a ‘delegated act’ pertaining to its new Renewable Energy Directive that sets the environmental criteria required for biofuels …

Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar
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Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar

This week’s special focus has been transatlantic trade negotiations (here and here) and Brexit-related British trade policy (here, here, here). But we also got an update on EU Taiwan relations. Below other noteworthy news or updates. Brazil retaliates against EU steel safeguards We are facing another episode in the global steel trade …

EP: Singapore trade pact does less well than EPA with Japan, better than CETA
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EP: Singapore trade pact does less well than EPA with Japan, better than CETA

The European Parliament gave its assent to the EU Singapore free trade agreement, to a separate investment protection agreement, and to a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement today. The trade pact did less well than the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement voted in last December. The Singapore FTA received 425 votes …

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?
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Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?

The EU is threatening to suspend imports from Cambodia due to human and labour right violations. But the products under discussion for suspension are precisely those where the EU has a track record of entrenched protectionism.  This looks like a clear case of double standards, opines Iana Dreyer.

Week in Brussels: US trade deal mandate update, Cambodia, Japan, olives
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Week in Brussels: US trade deal mandate update, Cambodia, Japan, olives

This week was all about transatlantic trade, biodiesel (here and here), the CETA investment court,  Brexit preparedness and UK FTA rollovers. Below other important news. EU-Japan FTA comes into force Business and governments in the EU and Japan are cheering. The largest-ever trade agreement so far came into force today. Here, our …

Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral
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Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral

Seeing that the World bTrade Organization survives, and that its dispute settlement function survives, remains independent and keeps is ‘bite’, is one of the EU’s current strategic priorities. In practice, the WTO dispute settlement system will weaken regardless of EU efforts to amend it, and the bloc will increasingly take …