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UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs
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UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs

The United Kingdom can play a big part in creating “a new gold standard in digital trade” after it leaves the EU, according to techUK, the industry body for the UK technology sector. Outside of the European Union, the UK can identify and reinforce best practice in opening up markets …

Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington
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Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington

With the United States failing to deliver changes to Chinese subsidies and state-owned enterprise practices in the small trade ‘deal’ it is about to sign with Beijing, Washington appears keener to cooperate with other countries to address more ‘structural’ issues with the Asian behemoth. The EU and US are also …

Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China
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Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China

E-commerce negotiators gear up for intense first half of 2020 After a stock-taking meeting in Geneva early this week, negotiators involved in the plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce decided there would be a ministerial meeting on the talks in January 2020 at the annual global elite meeting in Davos. The Davos …

Indonesia’s  WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it
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Indonesia’s WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it

It took Indonesia a long time to move from threat to action: but now we have the complaint filed by Jakarta  against the European Union’s REDII directive in its relation to imported biofuels. The Indonesian complaint also targets  France’s tax exemptions for biofuels – which do not cover biodiesel based …

Week in Brussels: US tariffs, WTO, Cambodia EBA withdrawal, Ghana EPA
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Week in Brussels: US tariffs, WTO, Cambodia EBA withdrawal, Ghana EPA

It’s been an eventful week on trade – with a deepening WTO crisis, some movement on agriculture, continued uncertainty over the EU Vietnam FTA ratification…. New low in WTO and transatlantic trade relations This week has provided fodder for around-the-clock quotation-chasing media as developments shifted by the day, if not …