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Member states open to reforming ‘lesser duty’ rule in antidumping – Gold to be in list of ‘conflict minerals’ regulation

Today’s long-awaited Foreign Affairs Council meeting resulted in signs of compromise of member states on a planned so-called ‘conflict minerals’ regulation and on reforming trade defence instruments.   Key take-aways from the meeting:   ·         CETA   A text will be submitted to the Council for ratification in June. The …

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CETA: Canada Trade Minister Freeland starts promotion tour in Germany – Sigmar Gabriel says it’s an “excellent benchmark for TTIP” – political crisis around visas

Berlin has been the first stop of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s current trade minister on a roadshow trip in Europe to bring forward the ratification process of the Canada-EU CETA trade agreement. The minister will be Brussels next week, including to meet the EU Parliament. Canada wants to see the deal …

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France and Germany congratulate themselves on CETA investment chapter outcome as ratification countdown begins

Canada endorsed the EU’s idea of a system of international arbitration or adjudication based on pre-selected judges to deal with disputes between investors and host states in the Canada EU CETA trade deal initially concluded in September 2014.   The EU went back to Canada during the ‘legal scrubbing’ process …