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Asia Pacific

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

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

Indonesia FTA papers: Intellectual property and raw materials among top EU priorit...

  The EU Commission has released nine revealing negotiating texts it tabled to Indonesian trade authorities during the second round of free trade talks ...| Click here to read more

Commission offers to reinstate Sri Lanka GSP+ status conditional on further human ...

The European Commission has proposed on 11 January to grant Sri Lanka the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP +) status, the benefits of which had b ...| Click here to read more

EU still seeking Japan ‘operational safety clause’ concession in railway procureme...

  The EU and Japan are seeking to restart FTA negotiations this month, after end-of-year consultations last December (2016) led negotiators to conclude ...| 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

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

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

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

China hits EU, US with WTO complaint over their price comparison methodologies

A day after the partial expiry of China’s WTO accession protocol on 11 December, Beijing filed a WTO complaint against the US and the EU over their price co ...| Click here to read more

EU opens anti-dumping probe into imports of cast iron articles from China and Indi...

The European Commission has launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of certain cast iron articles from China and India. A decision to this end was publi ...| Click here to read more

EU launches expiry review of duties imposed on Chinese seamless pipes and tubes – ...

At the request of the Seamless Stainless Steel Tubes Industry of the European Union (ESTA), the European Commission has opened an expiry review of the anti- ...| Click here to read more

Commission opens anti-dumping probe on certain corrosion resistant steel from Chin...

The European Commission has launched an anti-dumping investigation on imports of certain corrosion resistant steel products originating in China. A decision ...| 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

TDI reform: Slovak Presidency to make last-ditch effort to seal a deal

With virtually no progress made at the extraordinary informal meeting of EU Ambassadors on 5 December, the Slovak Presidency will give a final push for a de ...| Click here to read more

EGA ministers fail to seal a deal following two-day talks

The EU, US, China and other parties to the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) negotiations were unable to close the gaps and seal a deal at the Ministerial ...| 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