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Hearing of Phil HOGAN, Commissioner-designate, Trade
- Opening speech
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Hogan hearing: geostrategic pitch meets sustinability and farming questions

The questions Phil Hogan was least comfortable with were those around digital trade and European plans to establish a multilateral investment court. The more than two hour hearing with MEPs from the international trade committe was uneventful and dry – addressing at times the minutiae of ‘rules of origin’ in …

Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral
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Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral

This week was dominated by news on European trade defence policy and by a shift in sentiment in Britain over a customs union with the EU – with ramifications for the Department for International Trade. Other bits of news below. EU-Australia negotiations: third round The EU and Australia held a …

A new EU rule makes Malaysian palm oil unviable as a biofuel stock
Cambodia Energy & Environment EU FTAs & bilateral ties Free comment GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Indonesia Myanmar Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

Unsustainable unilateralism: Sanctions or sustainability compliance

Europe’s efforts towards sustainable trade is a paradox. While it successfully works with sticks and carrots for sustainable fisheries, the EU imposes rules on biofuels that cannot be complied with, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.

Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar
A week in Brussels Australia & New Zealand EU FTAs & bilateral ties GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news Mercosur Myanmar

Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar

This week’s special focus has been transatlantic trade negotiations (here and here) and Brexit-related British trade policy (here, here, here). But we also got an update on EU Taiwan relations. Below other noteworthy news or updates. Brazil retaliates against EU steel safeguards We are facing another episode in the global steel trade …

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?
Cambodia Free comment GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news Myanmar Social & human rights

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?

The EU is threatening to suspend imports from Cambodia due to human and labour right violations. But the products under discussion for suspension are precisely those where the EU has a track record of entrenched protectionism.  This looks like a clear case of double standards, opines Iana Dreyer.

Week in Brussels: US trade deal mandate update, Cambodia, Japan, olives
A week in Brussels Cambodia GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news United States

Week in Brussels: US trade deal mandate update, Cambodia, Japan, olives

This week was all about transatlantic trade, biodiesel (here and here), the CETA investment court,  Brexit preparedness and UK FTA rollovers. Below other important news. EU-Japan FTA comes into force Business and governments in the EU and Japan are cheering. The largest-ever trade agreement so far came into force today. Here, our …

Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?
Agriculture Cambodia GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news Myanmar Trade defence

Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?

EU governments are split in the face of proposals by the European Commission to reapply import protections on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar following an import surge from these countries.  The two Asian countries, which qualify as least-developed countries, benefit from duty-free imports of rice under the EU’s General System …