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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

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

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

The week in EU trade 13-17 February 2017

  The week ahead will likely determine the fate of the EU’s trade policy as the European Parliament votes on Wednesday to adopt or reject the Comprehen ...| 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

Conflict minerals: European Parliament trade committee endorses compromise deal wi...

  After eighteen months of back-and-forth between European institutions, a compromise text over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation was endorsed i ...| Click here to read more

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change

French MEP Emmanuel Maurel Emmanuel Maurel is the French MEP (S&D) who orchestrated a ‘counter-consultation’ on granting China market economy status in ...| Click here to read more

In brief: EP trade committee extends mandate of leaders in mid-term elections

The European Parliament’s trade committee has not renewed its leadership in a middle-of-term election that follows on the change operated at the very top of ...| 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

Analysis: How political volatility in 2017 will impact the EU’s trade agenda

With an unruly European Parliament in perspective, and elections in key member states held amidst a populist surge, EU trade policy is in for another rough ...| Click here to read more

EP: renewal of trade committee lies ahead

Signs are that relative stability is the name of the game at the trade committee – INTA – which is due to be renewed on Thursday 19 January. The ...| Click here to read more

ENVI Committee largely supports CETA

The Environment Committee voted today (12 January 2017) in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Ca ...| 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

MEPs push Commission to take stance on cross-border data flows in trade deals

In a cross-party initiative, leading members of the European Parliament (EP) have called on the European Commission to “put forward its position on cross-bo ...| Click here to read more

EP approves conditional inclusion of textiles in PCA agreement with Uzbekistan

After a five-year suspension, textile trade between the EU and Uzbekistan was given the green light by the European Parliament (EP) on 14 December. MEPs hav ...| Click here to read more

MEPs give green light to accession of Ecuador to EU’s FTA with Colombia and Peru

The European Parliament (EP) gave, on 14 December, its consent for Ecuador to join the free trade agreement between the EU, Peru and Colombia, paving the wa ...| Click here to read more

Anti-money laundering: INTA pushes for more transparency in trade in financial ser...

Better scrutiny of liberalised financial services under the EU’s free trade agreements in force with third countries is the key to a more effective fight ag ...| Click here to read more

Date of CETA plenary vote agreed – in brief

MEPs have reached an agreement in principle on the timing for the plenary consent vote on the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA), EU Trade Insights has l ...| Click here to read more

INTA moves CETA consent vote to January

The European Parliament’s (EP’s) International Trade Committee (INTA) has postponed its vote on the approval of the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA) fr ...| Click here to read more