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Political and Brexit ‘subplots’ underlie technicalities of Oceania FTAs
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Political and Brexit ‘subplots’ underlie technicalities of Oceania FTAs

The EU’s trade talks with Australia and New Zealand will prove to be complex as the future trading relationship between the bloc and the UK – which considers the two countries as high priorities for its own commerce deals – remains unclear. Furthermore, some “subplots” underlie the trade technicalities.

Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong
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Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong

Expect plenty of post-Group of Seven summit articles in the aftermath of the two-day meeting that ended in the escalation of a clash over trade and US President Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse a communique. Closer to home, the focus will be on meetings of the Council, the Trade Policy …

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 …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, US duties, aluminium, G-7, Brexit, UNCTAD
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, US duties, aluminium, G-7, Brexit, UNCTAD

There’s only one big event on the Brussels trade agenda this week – another negotiating round with Mercosur – but that doesn’t mean the coming days will be quiet. Between the start of US tariffs on European steel and aluminium, the EU’s decision to respond with a World Trade Organization …

Week in EU trade: EU retaliation, Australia and NZ, Mercosur, palm oil
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Week in EU trade: EU retaliation, Australia and NZ, Mercosur, palm oil

This has been another big week in EU trade.   Member states managed to cobble together a joint approach to US President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminium tariff threat. The EU lost two World Trade Organization cases – the big-ticket Airbus case and the more symbolic Pakistan plastic pellets case …

Comment: EU trade agreement agriculture quotas are of little use
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Comment: EU trade agreement agriculture quotas are of little use

Import quotas on sensitive agricultural products opened in the EU’s latest FTAs appear to be of little use to both exporters and importers.   The last round of EU-Mercosur trade negotiations held last week ended in acrimony. Both EU agriculture market access – aka quotas on beef, sugar and ethanol …

Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says
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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says

Initiatives and discussions involving large groups of countries on issues such as electronic commerce and investment facilitation signal that global trade rules are set for a revamp, says Alan Wolff, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.   “The WTO rulebook very likely will be updated to address current and …