Author: Jennifer Freedman

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WTO: Some EU energy laws discriminate against Russia, but ‘unbundling’ is legal

Russia has lost its central argument in a four-year-old World Trade Organization complaint challenging the EU’s energy market laws: the right of the bloc to prevent a single company from owning both natural gas pipelines and distribution networks. The WTO ruled today that certain energy-supply measures imposed by the EU …

Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit
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Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit

Things are starting to wind down on the trade front before the summer recess. Some news – or at least official remarks, if not tweets – can be expected from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Juncker will seek to sidestep …

Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments
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Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments

The Trump administration’s trade complaints against import duties applied by Canada, China, the EU, Mexico and Turkey on US goods are short and sweet – and almost identical. Washington argues that the measures are discriminatory and, except in the case of Mexico, they exceed permitted duty rates. The US lodged …

Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO
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Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO

Washington has hit back at five World Trade Organization members for “illegal” tariffs that were imposed on US products in response to the Trump administration’s decision to apply duties on foreign steel and aluminium. The US announcement today that it had filed five complaints targeting the EU, China, Canada, Mexico and …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body

This is a week of summits and negotiations: the EU will start talks with New Zealand, continue discussions with Mercosur and hold high-level meetings with China and Japan (delayed from last week). And toward the end of the week, when the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body meets, we might …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia

The next two weeks are notable for all the rounds of trade negotiations: the EU will hold talks with China and Indonesia this week and then with Mercosur and New Zealand next week. In between, EU and Japanese officials will sign their economic partnership and strategic partnership agreements. But perhaps …

Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting
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US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting

The EU joined more than a dozen World Trade Organization members in denouncing the Trump administration’s threat to impose import duties on vehicles and car parts, saying such a move would seriously disrupt the world market and harm global commerce.   Japan also suggested that such tariffs – which the …