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A week in Brussels: TDI, Azerbaijan, French torture-goods breach
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A week in Brussels: TDI, Azerbaijan, French torture-goods breach

It’s been a packed week for trade in Brussels as everyone prepares to break for Christmas.   The trade talks with Mexico did not conclude successfully, and the European Commission is still wrangling over data flows in free trade agreements. The commission came up with a tough transition offer for …

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A week in Brussels

Welcome to a new weekly column ‘A week in Brussels’ with the highlights of the trade week in Brussels. I hope you enjoy it!   The trade week in Brussels ends with an understated Eastern Partnership summit. It brings together of a group of disparate countries traumatised by the Ukraine crisis …

Exclusive interview: Elena Santiago Cid – CEN & CENELEC
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Exclusive interview: Elena Santiago Cid – CEN & CENELEC

  Elena Santiago Cid, the director general of CEN and CENELEC*, two of the three European standards organisations, shares her views with Hermine Donceel on how recent EU trade agreements deal with industry standards issues. She also talks about the stalled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks and shares her …

Discussion between Jyrki Katainen, on the right, and Cecilia Malmström
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EU trade policy : autumn 2017 preview

The policy world is gradually flocking back to Brussels.  Trade and investment will be among the most packed agendas in an autumn overshadowed by the coming German general election.   Below are the key policy files to watch.   Trade defence & its reform   The European Parliament, the Commission …

Procurement reciprocity: Caspary report calls for return to full market access suspension
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Procurement reciprocity: Caspary report calls for return to full market access suspension

The European Parliament has started working on the EU’s revised so-called ‘IPI’ regulation. Rapporteur Daniel Caspary (EPP, Germany) is not entirely happy with the proposed changes to the EU’s International Procurement Instrument legislation.   The EU is working on a revision of a regulatory proposal initiated in 2012 under then trade commissioner …

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Dual use: Parliament draft report expands scope of Commission plans

The first draft of the European Parliament’s report on the EU’s current plans to overhaul its 2009 dual use export regulation goes further than the Commission’s initial proposals. The new dual use export control policy of the EU will expand export licensing requirements for certain technologies to situations where exports could …

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‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …