WTO crisis and reform

Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world
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Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world

The European Commission no longer seems to trust global norms, fora or rule-making negotiations to uphold its interests in digital, competition, industry and trade policy. In fact many norms hardly exist and won’t likely emerge so quickly. The EU’s executive arm has been rethinking its policy toolkit and is seeking …

Beyond Brussels: Appellate Body members rebuff Walker process reform proposals
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Beyond Brussels: Appellate Body members rebuff Walker process reform proposals

A new fault line is emerging in the crisis of the World Trade Organizations’ dispute settlement system. The European Union, which tabled proposals aimed at strengthening the Appellate Body’s independence – and won over China and India over to its ideas last year – is now facing a coalition of …

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 …

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 …