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Healthcare: Commission encourages member states to take closer look at firm take-overs
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Healthcare: Commission encourages member states to take closer look at firm take-overs

The European Commission is encouraging member states to actively protect critical medical and healthcare assets. In ‘guidelines’ released on Wednesday night, the EU executive body is seeking to fast-forward the implementation of a regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments that is only due to come into force in …

COVID 19: Switzerland acts European on medical gear, parts of CPTPP to refrain from trade restrictions
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COVID 19: Switzerland acts European on medical gear, parts of CPTPP to refrain from trade restrictions

The Swiss government announced today that it would restrict exports of personal protective gear – gloves, masks, goggles and other items needed to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The move was made against the background of shortages of such products amidst a surge in cases in the …

EU UK agreement: an analysis of the EU’s proposed dispute settlement provisions
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EU UK agreement: an analysis of the EU’s proposed dispute settlement provisions

The EU released an initial draft treaty proposal it tabled last week to the United Kingdom as part of negotiations towards their future relationship. Although talks are de facto suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s worth analysing in detail the dispute settlement provisions included therein, as this is a …

Turkey goes to WTO dispute settlement over EU steel safeguard
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Turkey goes to WTO dispute settlement over EU steel safeguard

The European Union is revising for a second time its steel import safeguard which it formally introduced in February 2019. Turkey is now potentially complicating the process. Imports of steel from across the world were restricted following the United States’ decision to introduce high tariffs on steel imports on national …

UK to apply five-year ‘sunset clause’ on rolled over FTAs in reintroduced Trade Bill
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UK to apply five-year ‘sunset clause’ on rolled over FTAs in reintroduced Trade Bill

The British government is to apply a five-year sunset clause to all former EU free trade agreements which are ‘rolled over’ into UK law, under new provisions tabled to parliament in London. Under the new draft UK trade bill, which was reintroduced to parliament on Thursday, the approval of both …