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An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?
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An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?

Trade sniping out of Washington just doesn’t seem to be ending. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the White House was mulling pulling out of the Government Procurement Agreement, a preferential accord among a subset of mostly rich-country members of the World Trade Organization. China and Russia are in the process of …

Thierry Breton, Margrethe Vestager. Credit: EC.
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5G Toolbox resorts to traditional trade policy tools to enhance cybersecurity in EU

The European Commission’s long-anticipated policy proposals aimed at enhancing Europe’s new-generation internet’s security will rely on a series of traditional ‘trade policy’ instruments. The EU’s executive body wants these to be rolled out within three months across all member states. Brussels has come up with a unique approach in dealing …

Week in Brussels: Movement on Mexico, Korea labour dispute, Uzbekistan
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Week in Brussels: Movement on Mexico, Korea labour dispute, Uzbekistan

It’s been a pretty packed week. Here other low-key but important developments in EU trade policy. EU Mexico FTA stirrings The EU and Mexico had concluded negotiations towards the modernisation of a twenty year old free trade agreement in April 2018. But that agreement ‘in principle’ left the parties with …

Cambodian footwear, apparel, sugar face EU duty free status suspension
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Cambodian footwear, apparel, sugar face EU duty free status suspension

The European Commission has circulated initial proposals to an ‘expert group’ on the extent of suspensions of duty-free-quota-free export rights it currently grants to Cambodia. Apparel, footwear, travel goods and sugar from the fast-growing South East Asian country are among the products that will face the reintroduction of duties and …

UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs
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UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs

The United Kingdom can play a big part in creating “a new gold standard in digital trade” after it leaves the EU, according to techUK, the industry body for the UK technology sector. Outside of the European Union, the UK can identify and reinforce best practice in opening up markets …

Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP
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Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP

This week was mainly about the EU getting back into business mode. The main focus has been on preparing the ground for trade negotiations starting next month with the United Kingdom and managing transatlantic relations. More below. Commissioner Breton toys with idea of a data localisation obligations for business data …