Author: Iana Dreyer

Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity
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Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity

If the EU wants to avoid losing a potential World Trade Organization dispute following its decision to phase out palm and soybean oil-based biofuels, it will need to prove its environmenal criteria are objective. For political reasons, that will be difficult, as this might involve displeasing EU rapeseed and sunflower …

A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade
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A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade

The main obsession in Brussels this week has been the EU-US trade spat. All eyes will be on the Group of Seven meeting in Canada.  Mercosur and EU negotiators have been working until the time of writing on narrowing gaps on ‘geographical indications’ protection and Mercosur’s offer on autos (rules of origin …

Steel and aluminium: Switzerland caught between US tariffs and EU safeguards
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Steel and aluminium: Switzerland caught between US tariffs and EU safeguards

Switzerland is caught between a rock and hard place as the trade frictions between the European Union and the United States intensify. The Swiss are also seeking an exemption from planned EU safeguard measures on the metals.   Switzerland is a small, open trading nation at the heart of Europe …