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EU member states chide Swiss trade and free movement barriers

  Two years after it launched a review of its relationships with Switzerland, the Council has released its conclusions on the state of the EU’s deep an ...| Click here to read more

Insight – The EU’s proposed Multilateral Investment Court: a work in progres...

  On 27 February 2017, the European Commission held a stakeholder meeting  in Brusselsin order to exchange views regarding its plans to establish a  Mu ...| Click here to read more

In brief: EU intends to launch ICS talks with Singapore

  The EU aims to reopen negotiations with Singapore on their bilateral free trade agreement in the coming two months. The Commission wants to introduce ...| Click here to read more

EU Turkey customs union: trade committee in quest to square trade-human rights cir...

The European Parliament is preparing to back the launch of customs union upgrade talks with Turkey but is engaging in a careful balancing act on human right ...| Click here to read more

MEPs see scope for change in EU trade negotiation positions post Brexit

  The European Parliament’s trade committee has undertaken a first appraisal of the possible effects of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU on t ...| Click here to read more

WTO appellate report strengthens EU case in pork ban dispute with Russia

  Russia is probably regretting having appealed the first WTO dispute panel finding against one of its most politically charged trade tussle with the E ...| Click here to read more

EU agrifood export surplus at record levels in 2016

  Since 2013, the EU is the world’s biggest food product exporter. New data released by the Commission suggest the export performance of the EU’s food ...| Click here to read more

French constitutional court seized on CETA – to rule within one month

  More than one hundred French MPs called on the constitutional court on Wednesday (22 February 2017) in Paris to rule on the compatibility of the EU C ...| Click here to read more

Think tank corner: Trump and trade – a call for Europe to mature

  The United States’ rising protectionism and turn away from multilateralism require the European Union to “mature”. The bloc must make efforts to save ...| Click here to read more

Trade Facilitation Agreement comes into force

  The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement has come into force more than three years after its signature in Bali. After Rwanda, Oman, Chad and Jordan rat ...| Click here to read more

In brief: Russia appeals WTO ruling on commercial vehicle duties

  Russia has appealed against a January 2017 WTO dispute settlement ruling indicting it for not following the rulebook in applying trade defence duties ...| Click here to read more

Feature: Britain’s awkward embrace of CETA

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The week ahead in EU trade: 20-24 February 2017

  Uncertainty over future EU US relations and Brexit preparations will provide the backdrop to a week in Brussels dominated by the daily policy grind i ...| Click here to read more

Updated: Commission to decide alone on solar panel duty compromise

  The EU Commission is set to act alone in a disputed solar panel antidumping case after appeals committee puts case in limbo.   EU member states ...| Click here to read more

Japan-EU Bonn meet yields no breakthrough in FTA talks

  EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida held a meeting in Bonn, Germany, today, taking stock of ongoing fr ...| Click here to read more

ECJ gives Commission exclusive power to sign copyright pact under the EU’s c...

  This week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined that the EU is exclusively competent to conclude the 2009 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access ...| Click here to read more

CETA vote divides Dutch, Polish, Belgian mainstream MEPs

  Data on the European Parliament’s vote consenting to the Comprehensive Economic and Partnership Agreement with Canada released today reveal emerging ...| Click here to read more

Trans-Atlantic Business council calls for revival of TTIP after MEP CETA green lig...

It’s almost impossible to see a negative opinion across Europe’s business community on the European Parliament’s vote in favour of CETA on Wednesday (15 Feb ...| Click here to read more

CETA vote in European Parliament paves way for provisional entry into force

  The European Parliament’s consent to the trade pact with Canada means CETA can come into force provisionally in the spring 2017. Yet a lengthy ...| Click here to read more

Last-ditch civil society push ahead of crucial CETA vote in Strasbourg

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