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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

Rising calls in EU for new trade initiatives in face of Trump trade moves

  Tensions between the US administration and EU leaders are on the rise, as the US appears to attack in particular Germany on the trade front. Governme ...| Click here to read more

EU trade agenda: week 30 January-3 February 2017

  As London talks trade agreements with third countries while it prepares to leave the EU, there are increasingly questions as to whether it is breachi ...| Click here to read more

The week ahead in EU trade – 23-27 January 2017

  Welcome to a brave new world order. Donald Trump formally took office on Friday (20 January 2017), vowing to put “America first” in all aspects of po ...| Click here to read more

What’s in the EU trade policy diary in 2017

2017 is shaping up to become a rocky year for trade agreement ratifications in the EU.   This year’s trade policy will be dominated by the uncertainty ...| Click here to read more

ECJ’s top judge qualifies the EU-Singapore FTA “mixed” in an Opinion that could fu...

The free-trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and Singapore is a mixed agreement, thus subject to the process of national ratification, ass ...| Click here to read more

EU and Cuba sign Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement

The EU and Cuba signed, on 12 December, a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), including trade and economic cooperation chapter. “This new a ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 9 December 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 9 December 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO issues: WTO- Trade Policy Review Mechanism. Sixth Apprai ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 2 December 2016

Full Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 2 December 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO- Post Nairobi and selection of the next WTO Director-Gener ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 25 November 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 25 November 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO issues: WTO Accessions: TPC will discuss the state of p ...| Click here to read more

EU revamps anti-torture rules for trade in goods

The Council approved, on 14 November, the political compromise reached in late May with the Commission and the European Parliament on the update and overhau ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 28 October 2016

Full Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 28 October 2016 to discuss the following items: CETA: Full members will discuss recent developments and next ...| Click here to read more

TDI reform: Commission to urge member states to break current deadlock

In a communication to be made public on 19 October, the Commission will blow the whistle and call on the Council to promptly agree on its 2013 proposal on t ...| Click here to read more

EU leaders to send strong message of reassurance on trade

EU leaders meeting at the European Council on 20-21 October want to send a strong message of reassurance to EU citizens that their concerns about the side e ...| Click here to read more

Six member states still not ready to back CETA

As the clock runs down, six member states were not yet ready to back the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at the Coreper meeting ...| Click here to read more

CETA and Mercosur to top informal TPC meeting agenda

Trade representatives from the 28 member states will meet on 6-7 October in Bratislava to discuss top trade issues ahead of the European Council that is mea ...| Click here to read more

EP plenary rubber stamps political agreement to beef up EU anti-torture rules

The European Parliament approved, on 4 October, with an overwhelming majority, the political compromise reached in late May with the Council and the Europea ...| Click here to read more

Austria to give its green light to CETA soon

The Austrian federal government will in the coming days take a decision to sign the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA), Harald Mahrer, Austria’s State Se ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 30 September 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 30 September 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO and Plurilateral issues: Post-Nairobi: TPC will discus ...| Click here to read more

Member states narrow down differences on provisional application of CETA

The European Commission and member states’ trade representatives have welcomed the revised proposal on the provisional application of the EU-Canada free tra ...| Click here to read more

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