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A week in Brussels: Malmström grilled in Paris, aluminium forum
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A week in Brussels: Malmström grilled in Paris, aluminium forum

It’s been mainly a week of background shuffling on Trump tariffs in the EU. Here some other interesting bits of news of interest to our readers.   Macron party takes on Malmström on FTAs   Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was in Paris on Tuesday doing the rounds on trade policy, …

EP Plenary session - - Joint debate on Conflict minerals
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EU FTA roundup – Negotiations, ratifications, mandates

EU free trade negotiations, ratifications  and mandate releases have been on the slow lane recently compared to other trade policy files, as President Donald Trump and Brexit grab headlines and policymakers’ attention. Here’s an overview of where we are on the various files.   Mercosur   EU-Mercosur FTA negotiations are …

Investor-state: Court intra-EU ruling leaves CETA tribunal question open
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Investor-state: Court intra-EU ruling leaves CETA tribunal question open

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled today unequivocally that intra-European international investor-state arbitration tribunals are not compatible with EU law. Its summary judgement gives little insight into how it might rule on the compatibility of international investor-state tribunals set up by the European Union with third countries. …

Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
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Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners

  The United Kingdom won’t be blocked from negotiating or renegotiating international trade agreements with third countries during the Brexit transition period, as long as it doesn’t start applying them before the end of that period, EU member states clarified today.   Although doing so is the British government’s formal …

2018 in EU trade: the year in preview
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2018 in EU trade: the year in preview

Happy New Year, dear subscribers!   The year 2018 will offer a very narrow window of opportunity to bring key EU trade policy files forward. On the EU’s plate this year: finalise trade negotiations with Mexico and Mercosur, get key trade agreements with Singapore, Vietnam and Japan through the European …

Week ahead in EU trade: TDI, Brexit, Mercosur, CETA, torture goods
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Week ahead in EU trade: TDI, Brexit, Mercosur, CETA, torture goods

This week could seal the fate of quite a few EU trade policy files: the overhaul of the EU’s dumping regulation, the EU Mercosur trade deal and the Brexit talks.   TDI reform agreement?   Expectations are high that the EU will announce a deal tomorrow on the overhaul of  …

Comment: How Paris is planning to secure CETA’s ratification
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Comment: How Paris is planning to secure CETA’s ratification

The French government announced an ‘action plan’ on the EU Canada CETA agreement on Wednesday (25 October 2017).   A deep dive into the 20-page document reveals how Macron’s government is manoeuvring to make highly contested trade agreements back home palatable to his party base and the electorate when it puts …