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EU enforcement regulation makes headway to match alternative WTO appeals mechanism
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EU enforcement regulation makes headway to match alternative WTO appeals mechanism

Council members agreed to temporarily bury the hatchet on a regulatory proposal tabled by the European Commission that aims to empower it to take ‘retaliatory’ trade measures should a World Trade Organization counterpart block litigation proceedings. The EU is bent on making sure it can continue to use a two-tier …

Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil
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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil

This week was ‘virtual summit’ week, with a focus on the global coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout. G20 leaders gathered virtually on Thursday and European Union heads of government had very long meeting online last night that almost failed. But capitals still managed a joint statement. There were …

Turkey goes to WTO dispute settlement over EU steel safeguard
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Turkey goes to WTO dispute settlement over EU steel safeguard

The European Union is revising for a second time its steel import safeguard which it formally introduced in February 2019. Turkey is now potentially complicating the process. Imports of steel from across the world were restricted following the United States’ decision to introduce high tariffs on steel imports on national …

What you need to know: A potential US exit from the Government Procurement Agreement
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What you need to know: A potential US exit from the Government Procurement Agreement

The WTO’s General Council meets this week. It will hear US gripes about the world trade body and receive proposals to improve it. One of the ‘solutions’ Washington has envisaged for itself is to withdraw from the institution’s Government Procurement Agreement. What would this mean in practice?