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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 …

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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 …

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In brief: Australia, New Zealand, new TDI method, Singapore FTA

The European Parliament’s INTA committee adopted the following reports today (12 October 2017): Start of EU Australia and New Zealand  free trade agreement negotiations – Rapporteur Daniel Caspary: 38 in favour, 5 against, 1 absention Definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks – Rapporteur Nicola Danti – 35 in favour, …

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Comment: Separation of investment from trade agreements could delay FTA pipeline

The Commission has been following up on the May 2017 Court of Justice of the EU’s Opinion 2/15 regarding the division of competences between the EU and the member states of different aspects of the EU Singapore free trade agreement concluded in 2014.   This process could delay the ratification …