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Mercosur in German NGO limelight
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Mercosur in German NGO limelight

The EU is in the final stages of free trade negotiations with the South American bloc Mercosur. It is readying for the adoption of a new trade agreement with Japan and Vietnam. Anti trade agreement campaign groups have recently stepped up their activities to fight these agreements.   A joint …

Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal
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Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal

There are clear signals from member states that the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, concluded in 2015, is on track to be ratified in the coming months. MEP Sorin Moisa shares his views with Borderlex’s editor Iana Dreyer on why and how the accord could and should be ratified.   Where …

Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam
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Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam

It’s going to be a packed week in Brussels, with everything from continuing trade talks with Mercosur and Indonesia and a new round of Brexit negotiations. And the European Parliament’s trade committee will also have a couple of busy days this week.   EU, Indonesia to exchange tariff offers   …

A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines
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A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines

With many people out of town skiing it’s been comparatively quiet in Brussels town itself. A lot happened actually outside of Brussels. Trade pros even got time to write #TradeValentines poems.   EU and US join Japan in plans to take China to WTO over tech protectionism   A new …

EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions
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EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Council almost unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters – known as TSD chapters – in its free trade agreements. This move adds to a rising number of calls on …

Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP
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Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP

May, Xi discuss trade barriers   UK Prime Minister Theresa May said today that she and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the importance of removing barriers to commerce, especially for British food, drink and financial services, as the two countries move toward a post-Brexit trading relationship. May, speaking at a business summit …

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Week in Brussels – Japan first, Mercosur politics, investment screening

In Brussels, there is a lot of movement behind the scenes to try and finalise trade agreements with Mexico, Mercosur and Japan. Investment screening is climbing the policy priority list.   The EU lost a case in the World Trade Organization against Indonesia over dumping duties it applies against palm …

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
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EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says

European tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel are illegal, the World Trade Organization said today in a ruling that contains the same basic findings as in a similar WTO complaint lodged by Argentina. But the panel went even further, faulting the EU’s profit calculations and finding serious defects with the bloc’s export-price …

A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China
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A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China

This week in EU trade was marked by a first substantive round of trade negotiations with Chile, as well as a meeting of the EU Korea trade committee dominated by EU recriminations against Korean beef import restrictions and one of its labour union laws. Otherwise it’s been report and data …