Trade defence

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade
A week in Brussels Brexit & UK trade Digital Trade defence UK-EU negotiations

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 …

A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur
A week in Brussels Brexit & UK trade EU FTAs & bilateral ties Japan Mercosur Trade defence UK-EU negotiations World Trade Organization

A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur

It’s been an eventful week in Brussels.   EU-Japan FTA – on track   The EU and Japan finalised their free trade agreement negotiations this morning. The full text of the deal will be available in a few days.   These FTA negotiations were politically concluded this summer. Negotiators worked …

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EU has cut back on trade remedies in last year, WTO report shows

Despite what World Trade Organization head Roberto Azevêdo calls “substantial risks that threaten the world economy”, WTO members including the EU introduced fewer trade-restricting measures in the 12 months through mid-October. Governments imposed measures such as new or higher tariffs, customs procedures, quotas and local content requirements an average of …

Insight: EU, US and China trade – a common line of defence
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Insight: EU, US and China trade – a common line of defence

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Brussels yesterday, and trade was a formal talking point on the agenda for his meetings with Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief. But nothing came out on that meeting on this topic.   While trans-Atlantic cooperation on trade is largely off the …

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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 …

Week ahead in EU trade: TDI, Brexit, Mercosur, CETA, torture goods
'Week Ahead' and trade agenda Brexit & UK trade Canada and CETA Mercosur Trade defence WTO dispute settlement

Week ahead in EU trade: TDI, Brexit, Mercosur, CETA, torture goods

This week could seal the fate of quite a few EU trade policy files: the overhaul of the EU’s dumping regulation, the EU Mercosur trade deal and the Brexit talks.   TDI reform agreement?   Expectations are high that the EU will announce a deal tomorrow on the overhaul of  …

A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC
A week in Brussels EU trade policies ISDS MIC ICS Mercosur South Asia & ASEAN Steel Trade defence Vietnam World Trade Organization WTO dispute settlement

A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC

This week’s trade highlights of the week have been: Latin America, the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, trade defence and the EU’s multilateral investment court plans.   Deal or no deal in Mercosur, that is the question   The EU has been negotiating hard with both Mercosur and Mexico this week …