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WTO crisis: US cites 1989 GATT text and EU Pakistan PET case in exposé of DSB criticisms
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WTO crisis: US cites 1989 GATT text and EU Pakistan PET case in exposé of DSB criticisms

The World Trade Organization’s major trading powers blocked each others’ requests for dispute settlement panels on disputes that are likely to shape the future of the world trading system, deferring their resolution to a future date. Monday’s DSB meeting in Geneva however allowed members to hear in detail US objections …

State of the Union 2018 -  statement by the President of the Commission
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A week in Brussels: Ottawa, Brexit governance, no harnessing globalisation

A comparatively ‘quiet’ week in Brussels on trade. The week was eventful on the WTO and multilateral trade front, with Section 232 steel and aluminium tariffs, Canada’s mini WTO reform summit, and the UK’s WTO tariff schedule dominating the headlines. Ottawa WTO meeting sets ball rolling on reform As expected, …

Beyond Brussels: Chain reaction to Section 232 duties picks up speed
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Beyond Brussels: Chain reaction to Section 232 duties picks up speed

US duties on steel and aluminium are not only taking a toll on countries across the globe, but they’re triggering a “wave of direct and indirect actions and reactions” that is likely to expand in the coming weeks and months. “Obviously one country’s action becomes the second country’s reason to …

EU post-Section 232 steel safeguard measures criticised in WTO meeting
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EU post-Section 232 steel safeguard measures criticised in WTO meeting

The EU’s safeguard measures on steel, introduced this summer to avoid deflection of pipes, wires and rods following Washington’s decision to impose 25% steel tariffs on national security grounds, is raising hackles with trading partners. Seven World Trade Organization members expressed their grievances in Geneva today against the bloc’s decision …

Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely
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British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely

The UK must wait at least another month to learn the fate of its bid to accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement post-Brexit, after the latest meeting of member countries in Geneva failed to approve its accession bid. There are no fundamental obstacles to the UK’s request …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?
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Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?

Washington’s insistence that the World Trade Organization must be modernised before it gets behind proposals to fill Appellate Body vacancies begs the question: Why hasn’t the US come up with its own proposals to reform the Geneva-based trade body? The Trump administration said in its February Trade Policy Agenda that …

Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar
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Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar

Is small beautiful? And is not having the United States on board a trade negotiation even more so? That could well be, as shown by the state of very below-the-radar discussions on ‘services domestic regulation’ unfolding in the World Trade Organization. A group of about 30 WTO members have been …