We may be deep into a hot summer but it’s not entirely quiet yet on the European Union trade front. In fact it looks like the European Commission is busy wrapping up what it can before August.
A week in Brussels
The Brussels trade world has had a week mainly focused on Canada, climate and energy.
The week started with a gloomy assessment of the transatlantic tariff threat picture by the trade commissioner and ended with threats of new US tariffs on France, and potentially Britain, following moves in Paris and London to giant digital company profits.
It’s getting ever clearer: the EU is planning to rely increasingly on its bilateral free trade agreements to settle trade disputes with its partners. It is now actively testing the ground.
It hasn’t been much of a weekend for European leaders. Nor for journalists. We’ve had: a handshake deal on the EU Mercosur free trade negotiations on Friday night with few details on its exact content, the signing of the EU Vietnam free trade agreement in Hanoi on Sunday (30 June), …
This week has mainly been about the EU-Vietnam trade agreement and the final stretches over the 20-year-old EU Mercosur trade negotiations.
This week we saw developments on the EU China market economy case, Mercosur, the UK GSP scheme, fishing and Korea. What else happened?
This week we’ve focused a lot on Australia and New Zealand as well as on internal EU battles over the steel safeguard.
The European Commission and the European Parliament Member states will be relieved that blockages in the Council over the new version of the EU’s dual use product export control regime were overcome this week as member states finally released their mandate for ‘trilogue’ negotiations towards a new regulations in the …
There’s been movement on WTO issues this week. The EU has triggered Plan B on the appellate body, and the Paris meeting of trade ministers also helped WTO members bring a few other ongoing files forward.