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2019 elections won’t necessarily yield more protectionist EU Parliament, says think tank

With the current surge in anti-system parties with protectionist rhetoric, trade policy professionals might be forgiven for thinking that the next European Parliament could turn more hostile to trade liberalisation and trade agreements than the one whose legislature will end early next year. VoteWatch.EU, a think tank specialising in data-driven …

INTA committee meeting. Exchange of views with Cecilia MALMSTROM, Member of the EC in charge of Trade.
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Trade truce with White House raises hackles at EU Parliament

After Cecilia Malmström briefed MEPs on the July meeting between US President Donald Trump and the European Commission’s chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Parliament made clear that it wanted a say in the negotiation process that is now unfolding. The two sides are setting up an ‘executive working group’ that …

Week Ahead in EU trade: Parliament harnesses autumn trade challenges
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Week Ahead in EU trade: Parliament harnesses autumn trade challenges

It’s not going to be a relaxed rentrée in Brussels. The policy world will jolt into frenetic activity ahead of a packed autumn – the last autumn of the current European Commission and European Parliament. While most of us were on holiday, some European Commission officials have started to prepare …

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Commission paints bleak picture of EU-US trade relations

A top European Commission trade official painted a bleak picture of transatlantic relations to a European Parliament committee today, saying US import duties on steel and aluminium as well as possible tariffs on foreign cars and car parts are “clearly detrimental” and potentially catastrophic for world trade.   The outlook …

Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage
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Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage

The European Parliament wants to enact legislation on the screening of foreign takeovers swiftly, before EU institutions shut down in the early months of next year ahead of European elections. This is why the committee on international trade voted for anticipated inter-institutional – or ‘trilogue’ – negotiations with the Council …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO

European lawmakers are in for a busy week, with key debates and plenary votes planned on key issues including looming US tariffs on steel and aluminium and how to protect the bloc from dumped or subsidised imports from non-EU trade partners.   INTA to vote on investment screening draft   …