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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?
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Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?

There were unpleasant noises from US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on Wednesday night following Ross’ meeting with EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels. Some media outlets called it the end of the trade ‘truce’ with the United States reached last summer. It …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Beyond Brussels: So how much of TPP is in the USMCA?
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Beyond Brussels: So how much of TPP is in the USMCA?

President Donald Trump said he pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it was a “horrible deal” that stole American jobs while benefiting big corporations. But Washington’s new agreement with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA, has incorporated many elements from TPP (reborn as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement …

USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?
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USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?

The recently concluded US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement includes a clear challenge to the EU’s strategy of ‘globalising’ its protection of Geographical Indications by including their provisions within international free trade agreements. The new clauses, contained within the USMCA’s Section 20 on Intellectual Property, set out rigorous procedures to permit any new …

Week in Brussels: Cambodia and Myanmar EBA suspension, EU-US, Mercosur
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Week in Brussels: Cambodia and Myanmar EBA suspension, EU-US, Mercosur

This week has been heavy on World Trade Organization issues (EU’s WTO reform pitch, services domestic regulation talks, US engagement with WTO reforms), the fallout from the new NAFTA,with bits on what’s happening (not) on Britain’s fabulous post- Brexit trade deals. Member states met in Innsbruck today – and there …

Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?
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Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?

Washington’s insistence that the World Trade Organization must be modernised before it gets behind proposals to fill Appellate Body vacancies begs the question: Why hasn’t the US come up with its own proposals to reform the Geneva-based trade body? The Trump administration said in its February Trade Policy Agenda that …

USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions
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USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions

He’s done it again: US President Donald Trump took credit for clinching a “wonderful” deal with Canada after Washington and Ottawa said they had reworked the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement just weeks after Mexico accepted a revision of the trilateral pact. Sunday’s announcement came six days after Trump finalised …