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EU in drive to patch up relations with Morocco in wake of Western Sahara trade row

  Although last December the Court of Justice of the EU overturned an earlier ruling that invalidated the suspension of a 2012 bilateral agreement betw ...| 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

MEPs back EU-Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement

The European Parliament (EP) gave its consent, on 1 December, to the ratification of the EU-Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). “I was very pleased ...| Click here to read more

EU Trade Insights’ Brussels Briefing: top trade issues from 1 to 31 December 2016

The end-game negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) to start on 3 December in Geneva will be the main highlight of the month, after the con ...| 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 to receive first ever shipment of FLEGT-licensed timber from Indonesia

Indonesia issued on 15 November the first ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licenses for legal timber exports to the EU, marking a t ...| 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

ISDS: Uruguay wins high-profile battle against tobacco giant Philip Morris

The government of Uruguay has won a high-profile investor-state dispute with tobacco group Philip Morris over its 2009 legislation on packaging. The World B ...| Click here to read more

Member states rubber-stamp signing of EPA with East African Community

EU member states gave the thumbs up, on 20 June, to the signing and provisional application of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) the EU concluded in ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: partial deal reached, details need to be work out

Following marathon negotiations, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) agreed late at night on 15 June, that EU smelters and ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: negotiators reach “political understanding”

Late at night on 15 June, the Dutch Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission announced they reached a “political understanding” on “p ...| Click here to read more

EU Trade Insights’ Brussels Briefing: top trade issues from 15 to 30 June

We are expecting a very busy fortnight. It will start with the two-day meeting of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on 15 and 1 ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: last-ditch talks scheduled for 15 June- in brief

The Dutch Presidency will try to strike a political agreement on the new EU rules for monitoring imports of minerals and metals originating in conflict-affe ...| Click here to read more

EU seals trade deal with Southern African group of countries

Nearly two years after the conclusion of decade-long negotiations, the EU signed, on 10 June, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Southern Afr ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: Dutch Presidency in last-ditch push for deal

The Dutch EU Presidency is seeking to seal a political deal on stricter rules for monitoring imports of minerals and metals originating in conflict-affected ...| Click here to read more

EU to sign trade deal with Southern African group of countries

Nearly two years after the conclusion of decade-long negotiations, EU member states gave, on 1 June, a green light to the European Commission to sign the Ec ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: Member states and MEPs still at odds over scope of mandatory sy...

The window of opportunity to clinch a deal under the Dutch Presidency on new EU rules for trading in minerals and metals from conflict regions is closing as ...| Click here to read more

Exclusive: Member states signal readiness to back down on conflict minerals

As the clock runs down, EU member states have signalled a readiness to revise their position on the 2014 Commission proposal on conflict minerals, according ...| Click here to read more

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