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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

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

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

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

Member states still at odds over wording of decision to clear hurdles holding back...

Just hours before the European Council meets, member states remain divided on the wording of a special, legally binding “decision” to be approved by EU lead ...| Click here to read more

EU-Japan FTA: Political agreement still within reach this year

The EU and Japanese chief negotiators for a free trade agreement (FTA) are holding last-ditch technical talks in Tokyo this week with the aim of closing the ...| Click here to read more

Commission opens consultations on implementation of EU-Korea FTA

The European Commission launched, on 13 December, a 12-week online public consultation to collect feedback from interested stakeholders on the implementatio ...| Click here to read more

Slovak Presidency strikes deal on reform of EU’s trade defence system

After hours of technical talks and political wrangling, EU Ambassadors (Coreper) have struck a landmark deal on reform of the EU’s Trade Defence Instruments ...| Click here to read more