South Asia & ASEAN

The week ahead in EU trade: State of Union, MTDI, Indonesia
Indonesia Trade agenda

The week ahead in EU trade: State of Union, MTDI, Indonesia

Commission President  Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his annual ‘State of the Union’ speech before the European Parliament on Wednesday (13 September). Juncker has hinted that the EU’s trade policy would feature prominently in his speech. Items expected in his remarks include the Commission’s position on the future architecture of trade …

Jean-Claude Juncker
EU FTAs & bilateral ties Internal EU politics Singapore

Comment: Separation of investment from trade agreements could delay FTA pipeline

The Commission has been following up on the May 2017 Court of Justice of the EU’s Opinion 2/15 regarding the division of competences between the EU and the member states of different aspects of the EU Singapore free trade agreement concluded in 2014.   This process could delay the ratification …

EU Pakistan WTO plastics dispute turns into battle over how to handle illegal subsidies
Pakistan Trade defence WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

EU Pakistan WTO plastics dispute turns into battle over how to handle illegal subsidies

When the EU decided not to renew ‘countervailing duties’ on imports of polyethylene telephtalate from Pakistan in September 2015 that had been in place for a decade, the South Asian government initially considered withdrawing a complaint it had filed a few months earlier against these measures in the WTO.   …

Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Sri Lanka

In brief: Sri Lanka gets GSP+ back, Philippines fears losing it

Sri Lanka regained its lost ‘GSP Plus’ status on Friday (19 May 2017).   The country lost the preferential market access status in 2010 following government human right abuses in the context of its crackdown on the Tamil Tiger rebellion.   Since 2015, the new government under Ranil Wickremesinghe has fought hard …