The EU is reaching a critical phase in its FTA negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand, as talks start to move from the technical to the political level. Both sets of talks are still moving forward – at a more rapid rate for the EU-NZ talks than for EU-Australia …
EU FTAs & bilateral ties
Negotiations to upgrade an existing free trade agreement between the European Union and Chile are proceeding at a gentle pace, with progress to note in areas such as services.
The latest progress report the European Commission released today (25 July) on the state of the bilateral conversation on trade policy with the United States reads like a political and business ‘pitch’ to Washington and European audiences more than anything else. Yet it offers some clues on where the two …
Trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia continue, despite deep splits between Brussels and Jakarta over issues ranging from palm oil to technical barriers to trade.
Speaking to the newly-established international trade committee in the European Parliament today (23 July), the EU’s outgoing trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said the body was ready to retaliate with tariffs against imports from the United States should Washington go ahead with introducing tariffs on EU autos after an end of …
French lawmakers voted in favour of ratifying CETA, the landmark trade and investment agreement the EU clinched with Canada almost three years ago, kickstarting a ratification process that could still prove lengthy and politically fraught.
The Brussels trade world has had a week mainly focused on Canada, climate and energy.
The United Kingdom is committed to negotiating a free trade agreement with the United States after it leaves the EU – even if the deal turns out to be ‘shallower’ in nature than the government would like, according to UK trade minister George Hollingbery.
This will be a week where the European Union will test its ability to decide on its fundamental policy direction and on international trade.
The week started with a gloomy assessment of the transatlantic tariff threat picture by the trade commissioner and ended with threats of new US tariffs on France, and potentially Britain, following moves in Paris and London to giant digital company profits.