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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

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

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

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

INTERVIEW: “Brussels must show it has earned trust that it will deal with fundamen...

In this interview with EU Trade Insights, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and a leading auth ...| 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

TDI reform talks to continue on 9 December after Wednesday’s Coreper ends with fia...

The Slovak Presidency will continue efforts to seal a deal on reform of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs) at another extraordinary meeting of EU Amb ...| 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

INTA on collision course with EU Executive over ways to limit cadmium in phosphoru...

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) appears to be on a collision course with the European Commission over its March 2016 legislat ...| Click here to read more

Slovak Presidency convenes extraordinary Coreper meeting to break standoff over TD...

Faced with sluggish progress in talks among member states on the reform of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs), and a very tight timeframe to reach an ...| Click here to read more

Malmström confident deal on TDI reform will be struck “soon”

Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner, remains confident that a deal on how to break an over 3-year long standoff among member states over reform of the ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: EU mandatory due diligence system to start applying as of 2021

The new mandatory system of due diligence checks for EU smelters, refiners and importers of so-called conflict minerals such as tantalum, tungsten, tin and ...| 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

Final deal on conflict minerals expected next week

Following a political compromise reached in June, final agreement on a set of new rules to combat trade in so-called conflict minerals such as tantalum, tun ...| 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

Member states to make another attempt to break standoff over TDI reform

Meeting at the Trade Council on 11 November, EU trade ministers will make another attempt to break the three-year standoff over the reform of the EU’s trade ...| Click here to read more

EU executive proposes new methodology to protect markets from Chinese dumping

The European Commission put forward, on 9 November, the long-awaited legislative proposal to amend the EU’s anti-dumping rules hoping for quick approval by ...| Click here to read more

Council endorses €200 million financial assistance to Jordan – in brief

The Council endorsed on 4 November a decision jointly reached with the European Commission and the European Parliament to allocate €200 million in macro-fin ...| Click here to read more

Commission 2017 Work Programme: What’s in it for trade?

The negotiations towards a “reasonable and balanced free trade agreement with the US” and reform of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs) top the trade- ...| 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

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