EU trade policies

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Redonnet spells out EU Commission’s new trade enforcement agenda

The European Commission’s first-ever Chief Trade Enforcement Officer Denis Redonnet appeared in his brand new role today, 24 September, in front of the European Parliament’s international trade committee to explain how he envisions his new role. Redonnet, a Frenchman who previously oversaw World Trade Organization and wider strategy issues at …

Steel, WTO leader selection, Mercosur at trade minister’s table
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Steel, WTO leader selection, Mercosur at trade minister’s table

Protecting the steel industry, what to do with the EU Mercosur trade pact and finding common ground in the WTO director-general selection process were among the main topics discussed by trade ministers in Berlin today at an informal meeting hosted by the German presidency of the Council.

Week in Brussels: Pharma reshoring, textiles and GSP, Moldova meat
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Week in Brussels: Pharma reshoring, textiles and GSP, Moldova meat

With input from Sarah Anne Aarup. This week we saw an EU-China summit deliver some progress on the lengthy path towards a bilateral investment agreement. It also revealed that rules-based international trade is Chefsache in the Commission, with president von der Leyen dwelling extensively on the matter in her State …

Valdis Dombrovskis
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Dombrovskis nomination to trade post signals continuity, priority to US and China relations

Valdis Dombrovskis will not take over the European Commission’s trade portfolio as a novice. But his tasks will be challenging. The former Latvian prime minister served as vice-president of the European Commission during the last political term in 2016, overseeing financial, Euro zone issues as well as investment. In this …

Valdis Dombrovskis
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Flash: Dombrovskis keeps trade portfolio at European Commission

This is an unprecedented arrangement in the European Commission: an executive vice-president takes over the leadership of an entire Commission directorate, without a ‘proper commissioner’ taking over the job. Valdis Dombrovkis, who was entrusted the trade portfolio on an interim basis following the resignation of Phil Hogan late August, is …