Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Labour mobility – EU neighbourhood policy’s new approach wrong-footed
EU FTAs & bilateral ties Free comment Mobility Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Labour mobility – EU neighbourhood policy’s new approach wrong-footed

Ahead of important EU meetings this week, namely the Riga Summit with Eastern partners and a new round of trade talks with Morocco, here a long-read on why one of the cornerstones of the EU’s neighbourhood policy overhaul – to limit migration – is flawed economically, politically, and morally.  The text explains why the EU must be much …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Ukraine, Russia & CIS

In brief: Very limited progress in sight in trilateral trade talks over Ukraine DCFTA

Updated. This week, trilateral talks involving Ukraine, the EU and Russia over Ukraine’s implementation of the trade pillar (DCFTA) of its Association Agreement with the EU – the deal that triggered the Ukraine crisis – have shown very limited signs of progress. At the very least, they have failed to satisfy the Russian government.

Of paper and fertilisers: moving from politics to law in EU Russia trade disputes
Non classé Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Of paper and fertilisers: moving from politics to law in EU Russia trade disputes

A fourth dispute settlement panel within less than two years to rule on a case between the EU and Russia will soon be established at the World Trade Organization. Is the rising number of trade cases brought by Brussels against Moscow in Geneva the continuation of trade war by other means in a bilateral relationship …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Latvian foreign minister calls for visa liberalisation and support for Belarus WTO accession as EU reassesses neighbourhood policy

[sh_light_text ]Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs , who was in Brussels on Monday, called for a clear commitment to support Europe’s eastern neighbours in the coming months as the Baltic state prepares to take over the EU’s member state council presidency. He stressed in particular the need to start talking about visa …

EU not yet ready to talk to Eurasian Economic Union as WTO cases mount
EU FTAs & bilateral ties Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU not yet ready to talk to Eurasian Economic Union as WTO cases mount

[sh_light_text ]Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, recently talked favourably of the idea of launching free trade talks with the Eurasian economic union (EEU). The EEU is due to come into force in January and deepen economic ties between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, the project’s main champion. But there are no signs Brussels is moving …