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Beyond Brussels: Success at Davos as countries agree to start digital trade talks
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Beyond Brussels: Success at Davos as countries agree to start digital trade talks

Four dozen World Trade Organization members including the EU, China and the US will kick off negotiations on digital trade in March in a move designed to reinvigorate the beleaguered trade body. Meanwhile, a group of ‘like-minded’ members led by Canada warned that risks to the multilateral trading system – …

New WTO case: EU tries to prove US and China wrong on tech transfers
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New WTO case: EU tries to prove US and China wrong on tech transfers

Remember when the European Union filed a dispute at the World Trade Organization last spring targeting Chinese intellectual property violations and forced technology transfers? In fact, the preliminary consultations foreseen by WTO rules before legal proceedings begin never actually took place. Instead, the EU went back to the drawing board …

Privacy Shield: Commission issues Feb 2019 deadline for permanent US Ombudsman
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Privacy Shield: Commission issues Feb 2019 deadline for permanent US Ombudsman

The European Commission is stepping up pressure on the Trump administration to fully comply with the 2016 Privacy Shield, a framework agreement that allows certified US companies to transfer personal data from EU-based citizens to the United States. The move follows on an annual review process held this autumn (see …

Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?
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Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?

There were unpleasant noises from US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on Wednesday night following Ross’ meeting with EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels. Some media outlets called it the end of the trade ‘truce’ with the United States reached last summer. It …

EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business
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EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business

The EU and Japan signed their long-awaited economic partnership agreement in Tokyo today. The deal was flanked by announcements that both sides had finalised work to recognise each other’s data privacy regimes – also called ‘adequacy decisions’ – to complement the trade agreement. The moves were well received in policy …

Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says
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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says

Initiatives and discussions involving large groups of countries on issues such as electronic commerce and investment facilitation signal that global trade rules are set for a revamp, says Alan Wolff, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.   “The WTO rulebook very likely will be updated to address current and …