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The EU’s list is part of a 15-year-old dispute involving over respective subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
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EU spending its €20billion worth of tariffs on aircraft instead of autos?

The length of the list of United States products the European Commission released on Wednesday (17 April) for governments and businesses to consider as possible targets for retaliatory tariffs appeared surprisingly long to some trade observers. The list was released in response to the WTO’s recent finding that Washington had …

A battle of the steel titans pits companies such as ArcelorMittal and thyssenKrupp against Russia’s Severstal and Magnitogorsk
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Week in Brussels: Russian WTO steel case against EU, procurement reciprocity, Korean labour

China and EU-US trade relations dominated the news this week. Here’s a selection of what else happened. EU to face new Russian WTO complaint over steel anti-dumping duties This week in Geneva, Russia requested a panel in a dispute filed in February 2017 against the EU’s anti-dumping duties on cold-rolled …

The EU lost a major subsidy case in the WTO related to subsidies to Airbus
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Blog: Are Airbus-related US tariffs revenge for Boeing or standard operating procedure?

“Maybe it’s just another opportunity for President Trump to impose tariffs”, Chad Bown from the Peterson Institute of Economics tweeted in reference to the US’s decision to table tariffs on billions of Euros’ worth of European products. Robert McDougall, a former Canadian trade diplomat, retorted: “The announcement and eventual imposition …

China promises to step up efforts to join the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement
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China ready to discuss overhaul of WTO subsidy rules

“Negotiations were difficult but ultimately fruitful”, concluded Donald Tusk after Tuesday’s European Union-China summit in Brussels. The two sides achieved their main objective for their meeting, namely to come up with a joint statement that is meaningful enough to EU capital and commits both sides to specific actions. “In today’s …

WTO report on Russia-Ukraine transit to test future of trading system
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WTO report on Russia-Ukraine transit to test future of trading system

Russia and the United States rarely agree on anything in global politics. But Washington was the only World Trade Organization member that supported Moscow in a highly-politicised legal argument at the organisation’s dispute settlement body that many see as entailing systemic ramifications for the multilateral trading system.

The EU says Turkey excludes European pharmaceutical companies from their products being reimbursed by the country’s social security system
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EU sues India and Turkey at WTO over tariffs and intellectual property violations

The European Union is suing India over recent tariff increases above its bound rates in the World Trade Organization. Brussels is also filing a case against Turkey due to what the EU thinks is WTO-inconsistent treatment of its pharmaceutical companies. India tariffs Since 2014, India has been gradually increasing import …

Fresh proposals tabled as WTO talks on fisheries subsidies continue
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Fresh proposals tabled as WTO talks on fisheries subsidies continue

The quest for a multilateral agreement to discipline government subsidies in the fisheries sector is continuing following a series of meetings between delegations in Geneva last week. New proposals for a system to limit state payments for fisheries development were put forward by a number of governments, as the snappily-titled …

Brexit anxiety continues this week
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Week ahead in EU trade: EU-US, China, Chile, Tunisia, E-commerce

April could see a slowdown in decision-making in trade policy in Brussels. But this does not mean there will be less anxiety over two major files: EU-US trade relations and Brexit. In April we will also see new developments on EU-Chile and EU-Tunisia trade negotiations and on e-commerce. Continued EU-US, …