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MEPs wrangle over Japan EPA labour and environmental provisions

Insiders don’t believe the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement signed this summer faces a serious risk of being voted down in the European Parliament at the end of the year. But as the assembly enters its last months of functioning, a vocal group of left-of-centre MEPs is making a last big …

A week in Brussels: Mercosur, dairy, sustainable development chapters
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A week in Brussels: Mercosur, dairy, sustainable development chapters

It’s been an intense week on transatlantic trade and Brexit trade front. Below, other interesting bits of news in EU trade. EU-Mercosur focus A lot of noise, little extra substance on EU-Mercosur free trade talks this week. Next week, European negotiators will fly to South America for a 36th round …

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WTO: Some EU energy laws discriminate against Russia, but ‘unbundling’ is legal

Russia has lost its central argument in a four-year-old World Trade Organization complaint challenging the EU’s energy market laws: the right of the bloc to prevent a single company from owning both natural gas pipelines and distribution networks. The WTO ruled today that certain energy-supply measures imposed by the EU …

Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity
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Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity

If the EU wants to avoid losing a potential World Trade Organization dispute following its decision to phase out palm and soybean oil-based biofuels, it will need to prove its environmenal criteria are objective. For political reasons, that will be difficult, as this might involve displeasing EU rapeseed and sunflower …

EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO
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EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO

On Monday, seven World Trade Organization members raised concerns about the EU’s new Renewable Energy Directive during a goods committee meeting.   In January, the European Parliament voted to ban palm oil from the bloc’s targets for consumption of renewable energy for transport by 2021, in a shift away from earlier …

ASEAN: An afterthought in EU trade policy?
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ASEAN: An afterthought in EU trade policy?

There’s about one year to go before its top leadership gets renewed. Yet the European Commission risks missing out on the early harvest it reaped in its free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN members in the first years of this legislature, writes Iana Dreyer.   The EU’s executive is trying …

Enforcing environment and labour in FTAs: EU Commission announces 15 new steps
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Enforcing environment and labour in FTAs: EU Commission announces 15 new steps

Proponents of giving equal weight to labour and environment provisions in relation to commercial commitments in the EU’s free trade agreements were disappointed. On Tuesday, the European Commission ended a six-month consultation process with nongovernmental organisations and business by releasing a ‘non paper’ on how to strengthen so-called trade and …

Comment: Member states prop up trade policy as foreign affairs, climate instrument
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Comment: Member states prop up trade policy as foreign affairs, climate instrument

Foreign affairs ministers met today in Sofia to take decisions on a variety of difficult foreign affairs files. The picture isn’t rosy, with Syria, Venezuela or Myanmar on top of leaders’ agenda. The Foreign Affairs Council also devised a few new conclusions on the EU’s climate diplomacy.   The use …

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
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EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says

European tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel are illegal, the World Trade Organization said today in a ruling that contains the same basic findings as in a similar WTO complaint lodged by Argentina. But the panel went even further, faulting the EU’s profit calculations and finding serious defects with the bloc’s export-price …