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Valdis Dombrovskis
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Dombrovskis nomination to trade post signals continuity, priority to US and China relations

Valdis Dombrovskis will not take over the European Commission’s trade portfolio as a novice. But his tasks will be challenging. The former Latvian prime minister served as vice-president of the European Commission during the last political term in 2016, overseeing financial, Euro zone issues as well as investment. In this …

Tensions over role of devolved administrations rise as UK national trade policy takes shape
Brexit & UK trade Latest news UK trade legislation

Tensions over role of devolved administrations rise as UK national trade policy takes shape

Exit from the European Union has not only changed the external trade policy landscape for British businesses, but also thrown up some significant challenges in terms of internal trade relations within the United Kingdom. With the overarching framework of the EU’s single market stripped away, the potential has arisen for …

Valdis Dombrovskis
Internal EU politics Latest news

Flash: Dombrovskis keeps trade portfolio at European Commission

This is an unprecedented arrangement in the European Commission: an executive vice-president takes over the leadership of an entire Commission directorate, without a ‘proper commissioner’ taking over the job. Valdis Dombrovkis, who was entrusted the trade portfolio on an interim basis following the resignation of Phil Hogan late August, is …

UK-Canada continuity trade negotiations begin
Latest news UK Canada UK WTO & 3rd countries

UK-Canada continuity trade negotiations begin

The most prominent missing piece in the United Kingdom’s ‘trade continuity’ jigsaw is being addressed this week with the launch of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Canada. Britain’s international trade secretary Elizabeth Truss announced on Monday, via Twitter, that trade talks with the Canadians “have commenced”. The UK’s …

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MEPs can’t wait for new EU supply chain legislation

The European Parliament can’t wait to shape European Union-wide legislation on supply chain resilience and sustainability post COVID-19. Public opinion pressure on politicians has led France to introduce legislation obliging its multinational companies to observe due diligence in the area of human rights. About ten countries in the EU, including …

Peter Altmaier
'Week Ahead' and trade agenda Germany Latest news

Altmeier manages expectations for remaining 2020 EU trade agenda

“A presidency is not a government,” quipped the German economy minister in an exchange of views with members of the European Parliament’s international trade committee on Thursday (3 September). Peter Altmeier, who further oversees Germany’s industrial and energy policy, also pointed out that rotating Council presidencies taking place in the …

Cambodia’s garment manufacturers sue EU over preference withdrawal
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Cambodia’s garment manufacturers sue EU over preference withdrawal

This summer, the European Commission withdrew trade preferences granted to Cambodia. Cambodia benefited from duty-free-quota free trade under the EU’s Everything-But-Arms aimed at the world’s poorest countries. The partial withdrawal affects one fifth of the the South East Asian country’s garment and shoes exports. Despite calls this summer to take …