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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says
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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says

Initiatives and discussions involving large groups of countries on issues such as electronic commerce and investment facilitation signal that global trade rules are set for a revamp, says Alan Wolff, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.   “The WTO rulebook very likely will be updated to address current and …

A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain
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A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain

This week was relatively calm in the Brussels policy world. The entire European Commission team flew to Sofia feting Bulgaria as it took over the EU presidency for the next six months, lavishing praise and money on the bloc’s poorest country. Technocrat trade negotiators are far away in Mexico trying to hammer …

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Commission seeks to streamline EU customs union to respond to new security challenges

The Commission is moving to modernise the EU’s fifty-year old customs union. The aim is to continue streamlining and harmonizing customs processes across member states, without initiating new legislation.   In a new Communication released today (21 December 2016), the services of Commissioner Pierre Moscovici write: “in an era where …

‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue
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‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue

In trade policy circles, political attention currently focuses on ‘behind the border’ trade barriers stemming from domestic regulations. In fact, ‘at the border’ trade barriers continue to matter as much. The EU’s recently announced ratification of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement is a recognition of this fact. Corinne Vadcar …

Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO
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Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO

[sh_light_text ]World Trade Organization (WTO) members adopted a much-awaited trade agreement centred on trade facilitation concluded in Bali in December last year. This first multilateral agreement since the WTO was created in 1994 is a step forward on the way to completing the “Doha Development Round” of multilateral trade negotiations launched in 2001. …