EU trade policies

Cecilia Malmstrom, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, with Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, and Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
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EU FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand – state of play report

The EU’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are now fully engaged, almost a year after their official launch. The ‘mood music’ in the negotiations is positive, with all three parties consistently emphasising the desirability of an FTA, and how closely aligned the countries already are in …

Abundant gas has been available since the US shale gas revolution
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Member states want to be consulted ahead of any EU-US negotiation suspension

The Council’s negotiating directives to the European Commission aim to ease the way towards negotiations with the United States on elimination of tariffs on goods and on conformity assessment. But will they make life easier for transatlantic negotiators? Not really. Member states mainly made amendments to the mandate on elimination …

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
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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.

Brexit anxiety continues this week
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Week ahead in EU trade: EU-US, China, Chile, Tunisia, E-commerce

April could see a slowdown in decision-making in trade policy in Brussels. But this does not mean there will be less anxiety over two major files: EU-US trade relations and Brexit. In April we will also see new developments on EU-Chile and EU-Tunisia trade negotiations and on e-commerce. Continued EU-US, …

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

Commission hopes for swift mandate for US trade talks – debate on fish, speed and WTO continues
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Commission hopes for swift mandate for US trade talks – debate on fish, speed and WTO continues

Member state trade ministers gathered in the Romanian capital Bucharest today to take stock of current European Union trade files. The most pressing issue on the table was the EU-US trade relationship. But capitals also discussed the way forward for the World Trade Organization and other bilateral trade files. Despite …