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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

EU sees goods trade slowdown in 2016

  EU goods trade slowed down in 2016, the latest Eurostat statistics released this week reveal.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015) In Ja ...| Click here to read more

Coming up in EU trade – 15-28 February 2017

15 February 2017: European Parliament votes to ratify CETA, the trade pact with Canada 16 February 2017: Canadian PM Trudeau to address European Parliament ...| 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

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

WTO’s trade policy review mechanism set for adjustments – in brief

  A reform of the mechanism for reviewing the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members’ trade policies and practices has been agreed. This reform will al ...| 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

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

The ECJ confirms that an EU-Morocco liberalisation agreement does not cover Wester...

On 21 December, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released a judgement confirming that an agriculture agreement concluded between the European Union (EU) ...| Click here to read more

International investment arbitration: the EC seeks stakeholders’ support for a mul...

On 21 December, the European Commission (EC) opened a public consultation to gather suggestions on the possible establishment of a permanent multilateral in ...| Click here to read more

Commission to consider opening talks with Ankara on upgrade of EU-Turkey Customs U...

The College of Commissioners will tomorrow consider asking the member states for a mandate to open negotiations with Turkey on the upgrade of the 1995 EU-Tu ...| Click here to read more

Commission launches review to bring EU biodiesel duties into conformity with WTO r...

The European Commission has launched a review of the anti-dumping measures in force on imports of biodiesel originating in Argentina and Indonesia. A decisi ...| Click here to read more

Survey: Over 30% of SMEs say they face burdensome non-tariff measures when exporti...

One third of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is facing trade distorting non-tariff measures (NTMs) when exporting abroad, reveals the lat ...| Click here to read more

EU and Japan to continue FTA negotiations next year, after technical talks fail to...

The EU and Japan will continue working towards a free trade agreement (FTA) next year, after their chief negotiators failed to close the remaining gaps last ...| Click here to read more

WTO sides with EU in fatty alcohols dispute with Indonesia

The World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body (DSB) has sided with the EU in a dispute with Indonesia over anti-dumping duties imposed on imports o ...| Click here to read more

US appeals WTO ruling on tax breaks for Boeing

As expected, the US has appealed the latest ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that found the US$5.7 billion-worth of tax breaks provided by Washi ...| Click here to read more

WTO panel set up to rule on EU’s cost adjustment methodology

Following a second Russian request, the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body (DSB) agreed, on 16 December, to establish a panel to examine the ...| Click here to read more

EU leaders clear way for ratification of EU-Ukraine deal by the Netherlands

At a summit meeting on 15 December, EU leaders approved a few points of clarification of how to interpret the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement with the aim ...| 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