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Cecilia Malmstrom, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, with Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, and Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
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EU FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand – state of play report

The EU’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are now fully engaged, almost a year after their official launch. The ‘mood music’ in the negotiations is positive, with all three parties consistently emphasising the desirability of an FTA, and how closely aligned the countries already are in …

The EU’s list is part of a 15-year-old dispute involving over respective subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
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EU spending its €20billion worth of tariffs on aircraft instead of autos?

The length of the list of United States products the European Commission released on Wednesday (17 April) for governments and businesses to consider as possible targets for retaliatory tariffs appeared surprisingly long to some trade observers. The list was released in response to the WTO’s recent finding that Washington had …

Will ‘Australian prosecco’ be produced or will it go the way of ‘Australian Champagne’ and be banned?
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Prosecco and Gorgonzola wars: how Europe’s GIs are complicating FTA talks with Australia and New Zealand

The Geographical Indications issue will not prevent the European Union concluding Free Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand – but it is nevertheless likely to be a major complicating factor. This is the view shared by officials and stakeholders on both sides as the talks, which were launched last …

Abundant gas has been available since the US shale gas revolution
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Member states want to be consulted ahead of any EU-US negotiation suspension

The Council’s negotiating directives to the European Commission aim to ease the way towards negotiations with the United States on elimination of tariffs on goods and on conformity assessment. But will they make life easier for transatlantic negotiators? Not really. Member states mainly made amendments to the mandate on elimination …

A battle of the steel titans pits companies such as ArcelorMittal and thyssenKrupp against Russia’s Severstal and Magnitogorsk
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Week in Brussels: Russian WTO steel case against EU, procurement reciprocity, Korean labour

China and EU-US trade relations dominated the news this week. Here’s a selection of what else happened. EU to face new Russian WTO complaint over steel anti-dumping duties This week in Geneva, Russia requested a panel in a dispute filed in February 2017 against the EU’s anti-dumping duties on cold-rolled …

The EU lost a major subsidy case in the WTO related to subsidies to Airbus
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Blog: Are Airbus-related US tariffs revenge for Boeing or standard operating procedure?

“Maybe it’s just another opportunity for President Trump to impose tariffs”, Chad Bown from the Peterson Institute of Economics tweeted in reference to the US’s decision to table tariffs on billions of Euros’ worth of European products. Robert McDougall, a former Canadian trade diplomat, retorted: “The announcement and eventual imposition …