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EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions
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EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Council almost unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters – known as TSD chapters – in its free trade agreements. This move adds to a rising number of calls on …

Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP
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Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP

May, Xi discuss trade barriers   UK Prime Minister Theresa May said today that she and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the importance of removing barriers to commerce, especially for British food, drink and financial services, as the two countries move toward a post-Brexit trading relationship. May, speaking at a business summit …

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Week in Brussels – Japan first, Mercosur politics, investment screening

In Brussels, there is a lot of movement behind the scenes to try and finalise trade agreements with Mexico, Mercosur and Japan. Investment screening is climbing the policy priority list.   The EU lost a case in the World Trade Organization against Indonesia over dumping duties it applies against palm …

Beyond  Brussels: Canadian WTO challenge, NAFTA, India, Vietnamese STEs, Chinese trade surplus
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Beyond Brussels: Canadian WTO challenge, NAFTA, India, Vietnamese STEs, Chinese trade surplus

The year began with a bang in some parts of the world in terms of commerce, including a World Trade Organization complained filed by Canada against US trade-remedy measures that could eventually draw in other WTO members as complainants.   Canada challenges ‘America First’ approach at WTO   Canada has …

A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC
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A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC

This week’s trade highlights of the week have been: Latin America, the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, trade defence and the EU’s multilateral investment court plans.   Deal or no deal in Mercosur, that is the question   The EU has been negotiating hard with both Mercosur and Mexico this week …

Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade
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Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade

  David Martin talks to Hermine Donceel about Scotland after Brexit and EU ASEAN trade relations. Scotland could end up voting to leave the United Kingdom and should be allowed to join EFTA, the MEP reckons. As to EU ASEAN relations, the EU must pay more attention to human rights and …

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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 …