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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 …

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 …

Italian election – What could it mean for EU trade policy?
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Italian election – What could it mean for EU trade policy?

VoteWatchEU released an analysis of the political party landscape in Italy as the Southern European country braces for a long-awaited general election in early March. That landscape is fragmented, with populist parties on the right and left eroding the voter base of Matteo Renzi’s centre-left PD and Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right …

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 …

Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …

EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t
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EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t

When Canada lodged its sweeping case against US tariffs at the World Trade Organization last month, it cited almost 200 examples of alleged wrongdoing against trading partners including Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Brazil and India. Despite talk of an EU-US ‘trade war’, and although the complaint was filed in a …

FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions
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FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions

The centre-left S&D group, led by the chairman of the international trade committee, Bernd Lange, is in a renewed push for the EU to make the labour and environment provisions in its free trade agreements more enforceable, namely through potential commercial sanctions. The European Commission continues to resist, but is …