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Azevêdo backs Macron’s call for ‘complete update’ of WTO rules
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Azevêdo backs Macron’s call for ‘complete update’ of WTO rules

It’s time for the World Trade Organization to be modernised and strengthened, says WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo, backing calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for an overhaul of global trade rules.   Macron told leaders at the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development forum yesterday that the world’s biggest …

France calls for quadrilateral talks to revamp WTO – as trade war with US looms
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France calls for quadrilateral talks to revamp WTO – as trade war with US looms

In a speech at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development today, French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the United States administration’s trade policy – warning it without naming it that bilateral trade wars resolve none of the problems created by globalisation.   Macron pleaded for reform of the multilateral trading system …

Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage
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Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage

The European Parliament wants to enact legislation on the screening of foreign takeovers swiftly, before EU institutions shut down in the early months of next year ahead of European elections. This is why the committee on international trade voted for anticipated inter-institutional – or ‘trilogue’ – negotiations with the Council …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO

European lawmakers are in for a busy week, with key debates and plenary votes planned on key issues including looming US tariffs on steel and aluminium and how to protect the bloc from dumped or subsidised imports from non-EU trade partners.   INTA to vote on investment screening draft   …

FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
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FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand

There have been a few developments and clarifications on the variety of bilateral free trade agreements under way in the EU in recent days. So here are some updates on where things stand with Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.   EU-Mexico  ‘agreement in principle’ – next steps   …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, Brexit, investment screening
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, Brexit, investment screening

Two events will happen in Brussels this week that merit close attention: the European Parliament’s international trade committee will discuss a range of headline-worthy issues during its two-day meeting and the Working Party on Trade Questions will discuss investment screening. The churn on Article 50 negotiations between the EU27 and …