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Food names: Generous transition periods paved way for EU-Mercosur GI deal
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Food names: Generous transition periods paved way for EU-Mercosur GI deal

Liberal use of transition clauses has been key to enabling a trade and food-and-drink name deal between EU and Mercosur. This is what our analysis of the final list of protected Geographical Indications reveals. The agreement also breaks new ground by offering protection for South American non-agricultural crafts. The GI text  was …

Ursula Von Der Leyen said that the EU's challenges included 'globalisation, digitalisation and climate change'.
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Week in Brussels: Ideas market bids for Commission attention

The ritual early September rentrée week in Brussels was all about who will get which jobs in the incoming European Commission. There is a sense that the European Union is at a historically critical juncture. Preoccupations centre on transatlantic relations, China, US-China, Brexit and populism. This is set to have …

US reset  with EU doesn’t remove auto tariff or Airbus WTO retaliation threat
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US reset with EU doesn’t remove auto tariff or Airbus WTO retaliation threat

US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland in meetings with European Commission officials in October 2018. Credit: EC.The United States administration is making significant diplomatic efforts to bring crisis-ridden transatlantic relations onto a better footing. On Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met nominee to head the European Commission Ursula …

Market access, especially for agricultural products, is likely to be where the EU-New Zealand negotiations succeed or founder
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UK trade policy fog thickens amidst heightened political uncertainty

Confusion and uncertainty over the United Kingdom’s future trade policy, in both the short- and long-term, remains as high as ever following a tumultuous day in the parliament. Members of the British parliament voted by a majority of 27 to allow a motion to be tabled today (4 September 2019) …

EU capitals and parliament eye Mercosur, China, Vietnam, US and Brexit as trade priorities
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EU capitals and parliament eye Mercosur, China, Vietnam, US and Brexit as trade priorities

The incoming European Commission plans to put the fight against climate change front and centre in its next five-year tenure. But signs are the EU’s executive arm will be squeezed in between capitals – many of which might want to go slow on controversial files such as a carbon border …

Week in Brussels: Duties on fasteners from Malaysia 2.0, elephant trade, G7
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Week in Brussels: Duties on fasteners from Malaysia 2.0, elephant trade, G7

It’s been a fairly quiet week in Brussels as befits any last week of August in Europe. But quiet weeks are good moments for ‘interesting’ moves by the European Commission’s antidumping directorate. This week we saw among others an extension of bike antidumping duties from China on grounds that look …

Bicycles: 30 years of trade protection for a profitable EU industry
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Bicycles: 30 years of trade protection for a profitable EU industry

Today the European Commission extended for another five years anti-dumping duties on bicycles imported from China. The duties, which range from 19.2% to 48.5% also apply to imports from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Cambodia and the Philippines inasmuch as they involve Chinese inputs. Japanese and Taiwanese-owned companies operating out of …

President Donald Trump said at G7: 'We’re going to do a very big trade deal – bigger than we’ve ever had with the United Kingdom'
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Blog: Three reasons why a US-UK deal won’t just be round the corner after Brexit

The United Kingdom’s new Brexit and related post-Brexit trade strategy has radicalised since Boris Johnson took over the country’s premiership this summer. The goal is to be outside the European Union on 1 November at any cost – including by superseding parliament — and to accelerate trade negotiations with Britain’s …