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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 …

EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions
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EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Council almost unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters – known as TSD chapters – in its free trade agreements. This move adds to a rising number of calls on …

FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions
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FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions

The centre-left S&D group, led by the chairman of the international trade committee, Bernd Lange, is in a renewed push for the EU to make the labour and environment provisions in its free trade agreements more enforceable, namely through potential commercial sanctions. The European Commission continues to resist, but is …

Week ahead in EU trade: Chile talks, dual-use export policy, South Korea
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Week ahead in EU trade: Chile talks, dual-use export policy, South Korea

Although the future of the EU’s trade deals with Mexico and South America’s Mercosur is still up in the air, the bloc kicks off discussions with Chile this week in a bid to update their 15-year-old Association Agreement. The European Parliament also meets in plenary session this week, with several …

EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?
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EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?

The European Commission published the bulk of the text of the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in early December last year.   Below some highlights of the pact and some comments – result of your truly’s Christmas break reading. The deal favours significantly EU exporters and is relatively unambitious in services.

A week in Brussels: TDI, Azerbaijan, French torture-goods breach
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A week in Brussels: TDI, Azerbaijan, French torture-goods breach

It’s been a packed week for trade in Brussels as everyone prepares to break for Christmas.   The trade talks with Mexico did not conclude successfully, and the European Commission is still wrangling over data flows in free trade agreements. The commission came up with a tough transition offer for …

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‘Future’ environmental compliance costs creep into EU trade-defence calculations

The EU is set to introduce ‘future’ costs of compliance with environmental and labour treaties in its calculation of injury margins in trade-defence cases. The bloc is now making systematic its consideration of a trading partner’s compliance with International Labour Organization and ‘multilateral environmental’ conventions, including the 2015 Paris Agreement …