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Mexico and Uganda alcoholic beverages laws in EU limelight

The EU is looking after its alcoholic beverages industry in the WTO, the latest WTO meeting on technical barriers to trade reveals. The Commission is putting pressure on Colombia with a pending case on its domestic laws on alcoholic beverage marketing arrangements and taxes. Is it now setting its sights on Mexico and …

Parliament greenlights EU SADC agreement
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Parliament greenlights EU SADC agreement

The European Parliament agreed to the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreement with the Southern African Development Community. The region-to-region trade deal was adopted in June 2016, after more than a decade of negotiations. The EPA introduces reciprocal preferential market access between the EU on the one hand, and Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and South …

Kenya and Rwanda save their trade preferences with EU by signing EAC EPA ahead of others
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Kenya and Rwanda save their trade preferences with EU by signing EAC EPA ahead of others

Kenya, Rwanda and the EU have signed a EU-East African Community EPA trade pact on Thursday (1 September 2016) in Brussels.   The Eastern African countries are in a move to salvage their trade preferences to the EU. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed and Rwandan Minister for Trade François Kanimba did the trip to Brussels to …

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Parliament report: EU trade deals increase money laundering risk

A new research report commissioned by the European Parliament argues that free trade agreements increase the risk of money laundering.   The report, Commissioned after the Panama Papers affair this spring, says that EU free trade agreements with emerging markets such as South Africa, Chile, Mexico, Central America, or South Korea …

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In brief – Greek MEP up in arms against EU SADC compromise on feta cheese denomination

Stelios Kolouglou (GUE/NGL) has staged an offensive against the EU Southern African Development Community EPA signed early June in Botswana.   In amendments to a motion for a resolution currently under preparation by the Parliament’s trade committee, Mr Kolouglou, along with the Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza, have decided to “decline …