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Week Ahead in EU Trade: EU elections, EU-US, OECD ministerial, Ukraine
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Week Ahead in EU Trade: EU elections, EU-US, OECD ministerial, Ukraine

This week will mainly be about the European Union digesting Donald Trump’s decision to postpone slapping tariffs on imported autos for six months to seek a deal with Brussels and Tokyo on restricting imports. EU-US and OECD trade ministerial Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström reacted quickly on Friday (17 May) on …

WTO members are trying to help build trust across e-signatures, e-contracts and consumer protection
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E-commerce first round: negotiators focus on finding common ground

Diplomats of more than 75 countries met in Geneva this week to formally start negotiations to set rules for trade in the 21st century in the World Trade Organization. The aim is to achieve a so-called ‘plurilateral’ agreement among a subset of organisation members which others could join later.

All proposals agree that the Appellate Body should regularly meet the entire WTO membership to discuss cases
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Key WTO members converge on idea of circumscribing Appellate Body role

The mediation process over the crisis of appointments of departing members of World Trade Organization Appellate Body members initiated last February by New Zealand’s veteran trade diplomat David Walker has visibly channelled discussions over the most divisive issue currently in the WTO onto a path of constructive proposals. On Tuesday …

China is viewed as an area of concern given its rise to pre-eminence as a 'trading powerhouse'
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EU trade policy must rise to US-China challenge, says BusinessEurope

Europe needs to adapt its trade policy to adjust to challenges from a more nationalistic US and a more assertive China, according to the EU’s leading business lobby. In the context of a changing global trade environment, with the WTO’s rules-based system coming increasingly under threat, and with trade policy …

The US introduced steel import restrictions on national security grounds in 2018
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Steel: EU to stop duplication of safeguard and anti-dumping duties, faces new Russian WTO complaint

The European Union’s safeguard on imports of steel enacted earlier this year has made many EU trading partners and large chunks of Europe’s manufacturing industry unhappy. The import restrictions were enacted to avoid the steel industry taking an unnecessary hit from the global trade frictions triggered after the United States …