A week in Brussels

Week in Brussels + Geneva: MPIA, cigarettes, carbon border tax, Chile
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Week in Brussels + Geneva: MPIA, cigarettes, carbon border tax, Chile

Australia’s plain packaging rules okayed by Appellate Body A brief note on the fact that the Appellate Body, as expected, upheld a panel ruling that confirmed Australia’s right to impose plain packaging – i.e. remove branding – on cigarette packs. This week’s ruling will have systemic implications also for food …

Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh
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Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh

This week has been dominated by news and gossip surrounding the nomintion of a successor for the WTO’s outgoing director general. Today, Nigeria announced it was planning to nominate former finance minister and World Bank official Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – a high profile nomination to say the least. The nomination period …

Week in Brussels: Turkey pharma case, Africa, Biodiversity
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Week in Brussels: Turkey pharma case, Africa, Biodiversity

Turkey pharma case in WTO The European Commission published this week its first legal submission in a dispute it filed against Turkey last year at the World Trade Organization concerning the EU’s neighbour’s restrictive policies in the area of pharmaceuticals. The case ‘Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing …

Week in Brussels: Hogan on Azevêdo, G20, Turkish steel, Com sues Finland and UK on BITs
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Week in Brussels: Hogan on Azevêdo, G20, Turkish steel, Com sues Finland and UK on BITs

It’s been quite a week, with the World Trade Organization’s chief resigning on Thursday, adding another twist to the ongoing drama in the world trading system. But other news have been drowned in the process. A selection below. Hogan wants to move fast to replace WTO’s Azevêdo The European Union’s …

Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil
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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil

This week was ‘virtual summit’ week, with a focus on the global coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout. G20 leaders gathered virtually on Thursday and European Union heads of government had very long meeting online last night that almost failed. But capitals still managed a joint statement. There were …