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Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?
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Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?

  MEP Christofer Fjellner outlines his concerns with the language in the European Commission’s proposal last week on data flow provisions in free trade agreements.   It is impossible to underestimate the importance of data transfers in the global economy and for the functioning of international trade. Still, digital protectionist …

Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …

Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data
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Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data

EU member states are gradually accepting to exercise greater transparency in their joint trade policy making. The Council today released the negotiating mandate it gave the European Commission towards the modernisation of the 2002 EU-Chile Association Agreement, a very early move by member-state standards. The mandate itself reveals high EU …

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade
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A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade

It’s been an intense week again for EU trade. While trade agreements with far away countries like those in the Mercosur bloc have taken a hit, the trade focus is now clearly shifting closer to home, namely to Brexit.   Brexit: Habemus Phase II   It was widely expected. Member …

Buenos Aires: EU involved in bid to launch e-commerce plurilateral
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Buenos Aires: EU involved in bid to launch e-commerce plurilateral

This article was updated to reflect the final list of signatories of the e-commerce declaration.   The four-day ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires that is to end today is not delivering on ‘classic’ World Trade Organization outcomes, such as a trade liberalisation agreement comparable to the updated Information Technology Agreement …