Social & human rights

A new EU rule makes Malaysian palm oil unviable as a biofuel stock
Cambodia Energy & Environment EU FTAs & bilateral ties Free comment GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Indonesia Myanmar Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

Unsustainable unilateralism: Sanctions or sustainability compliance

Europe’s efforts towards sustainable trade is a paradox. While it successfully works with sticks and carrots for sustainable fisheries, the EU imposes rules on biofuels that cannot be complied with, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?
Cambodia Free comment GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news Myanmar Social & human rights

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?

The EU is threatening to suspend imports from Cambodia due to human and labour right violations. But the products under discussion for suspension are precisely those where the EU has a track record of entrenched protectionism.  This looks like a clear case of double standards, opines Iana Dreyer.

A week in Brussels: Korea labour, antiques trade, UK in transit convention
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A week in Brussels: Korea labour, antiques trade, UK in transit convention

It’s mainly been a WTO-intensive week for the EU with a revised intellectual property dispute filed against China, and the US having yet another gripe about the Appellate Body. London clinched a short bye-bye deal with Norway, Iceland and Liecthenstein, while the country is realising little is actually in place in …

State of the Union 2018 -  statement by the President of the Commission
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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 …

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 …