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The week in EU trade: Mercosur update, data, trade ministers

This week was truly packed with activities and events related to trade. The key focus has been Brexit – the transition period and future EU-UK relationship. These topics we now cover separately in dedicated articles and a new series of blogs, the Brexit Notes. The other key focus this week …

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 …

US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors
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US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors

US proposals on how to punish foreign steel and aluminium exporters for unfair trade practices miss the point and would do more harm than good, European Aluminium says.   Global excess capacity – specifically in China – is the “root cause of the main challenges” that the aluminium industry faces …

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 …

Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?
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Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?

  MEP Christofer Fjellner outlines his concerns with the language in the European Commission’s proposal last week on data flow provisions in free trade agreements.   It is impossible to underestimate the importance of data transfers in the global economy and for the functioning of international trade. Still, digital protectionist …

Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit
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Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit

Be prepared to run away from Britain, and to run fast. That is, in short, the message the European Commission is sending to non-EU exporters and to UK exporters as part of its ‘Brexit preparedness’ activities with businesses representatives. The commission has been issuing a long list of notices to …