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2019 will be about defining a new role for global rules in EU trade
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2019 will be about defining a new role for global rules in EU trade

The overarching question shaping European trade policy outcomes this year will be: what role for international trade and investment law for global business and the work of trade diplomats? This issue will be central in the four major files with which European trade policy will grapple: the future of the …

Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?
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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 …

Update: Friday’s trade ministers’ meeting, EU-US, Mercosur, investment screening
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Update: Friday’s trade ministers’ meeting, EU-US, Mercosur, investment screening

The Brussels trade bubble is focusing on what will happen at the ‘FAC Trade’ on Friday. The biannual trade ministers’ meeting is above all a stocktaking and brainstorming exercise. The culminating point will be the traditional lunch, where the conversation will focus on EU-US trade relations. Apart from transatlantic relations, …

State of the Union 2018 -  statement by the President of the Commission
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A week in Brussels: Ottawa, Brexit governance, no harnessing globalisation

A comparatively ‘quiet’ week in Brussels on trade. The week was eventful on the WTO and multilateral trade front, with Section 232 steel and aluminium tariffs, Canada’s mini WTO reform summit, and the UK’s WTO tariff schedule dominating the headlines. Ottawa WTO meeting sets ball rolling on reform As expected, …

Blog: Malmström on human rights, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam
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Blog: Malmström on human rights, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam

The EU recently initiated steps to remove trade preferences reserved for the world’s poorest countries  that were granted to Cambodia and Myanmar. One wonders: is this the right policy course? The policy would lead to the potential laying off of thousands of workers in apparel factories. These have been sprouting …