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Trade Agreements

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

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

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

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

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

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EU seeks blanket exception to free data flows for data privacy in trade pacts

  The EU is working on the text it intends to table on the issue of cross-border data flows in coming free trade agreements, though few observers belie ...| Click here to read more

Insight: Of Polish investors suing the government – CETA debate in Canada’s parlia...

The Canadian House of Commons has voted by a large majority in favour of ratifying the Comprehensive Economic and Trade agreement (CETA) with the EU. Bill C ...| Click here to read more

Interview: Lessons from TTIP – Regulatory trade talks should be an open process

The failure of the controversial transatlantic TTIP negotiations in late 2016 is a good opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and can be done with trade ...| Click here to read more

Hard campaigning around CETA in EU Parliament as ratification date nears

There is clearly a sense of panic in the EU Parliament over the fate of the controversial EU Canada trade agreement CETA. MEPs are expected to ratify the pa ...| Click here to read more

EU and Mexico accelerate pace of free trade talks

It’s Trump time. The EU and Mexico have agreed to accelerate the pace of their ongoing negotiations to liberalise trade. “Together, we are witnessing the w ...| Click here to read more

In brief: Anti CETA campaign heating up in Austria, France

Anti-CETA campaigners are fighting a last-ditch battle against the EU-Canadian free trade pact as the European Parliament prepares to vote for the deal mid ...| Click here to read more

In brief: EU and Canada in pitch for international investment court at Davos

  The EU and Canada are true to their pledge made during the CETA negotiation process to work together towards the establishment of an international in ...| Click here to read more

EU free trade agreement negotiation round-up

  “The trade agenda is not stopping”, a senior trade official in the Commission told policy professionals in Brussels today. The transatlantic TTIP an ...| Click here to read more

German constitutional court refuses to block CETA provisional application

Blocking the ratification process of CETA would be highly damaging to the EU’s international standing, Germany’s top judges believe. The ratification proces ...| Click here to read more

Agriculture remains hurdle on path to Australia and New Zealand free trade pact la...

  EU plans to launch free trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand this year could be complicated by a protectionist pushback in the agro-food ...| 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