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Europe/Turkey

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

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

Brexit trade update – US, Turkey, WTO, New Zealand

  Post-Brexit trade agreements will not come along so quickly for Britain. But the country is slowly getting prepared for its post-Brexit trading relat ...| 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

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

Upgrade of EU-Turkey trade relations: stick, carrot – or business as usual?

While members of the European Parliament (MEPs) acknowledge the need to overhaul the outdated framework of EU-Turkey trade relations, they disagree on the w ...| Click here to read more

Council backs EU-Iceland deal on protection of local agri-food products – in brief

The Council gave its green light, on 21 November, for the signature of the stand-alone EU-Iceland agreement on the protection of locally made specialties, k ...| Click here to read more

Council backs EU-Iceland deal on liberalisation of trade in agriculture

The Council has given the green light for the signature of an agreement between the EU and Iceland on further liberalisation of trade in agricultural produc ...| 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

EU Trade Insights’ Brussels Briefing: top trade issues from 3 to 15 October

After the last two very intensive weeks of September with four negotiating rounds and the informal Trade Council in Bratislava, the coming days look rather ...| Click here to read more

EU Trade Insights’ summer break recap

Here is a non-exhaustive list of issues which those of you who took a well-deserved holiday in August might have missed. As every year, the EU trade agenda ...| Click here to read more

Commission to request mandate for talks with Turkey by end of this year

The European Commission will ask member states for a negotiating mandate to upgrade the 1995 EU-Turkey Customs Union by the end of this year, EU Trade Commi ...| Click here to read more

EU to open talks with ASEAN, Turkey, Qatar and UAE on new aviation agreements R...

EU member states authorised the European Commission, on 7 June, to open negotiations for EU-level aviation agreements with the Association of Southeast Asia ...| Click here to read more

WTO: Turkey becomes the 71 country to ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement- Brief

On 16 March, Ambassador Haluk llicak and Hüsnü Dilerme, Deputy Under-Secretary with the Turkish Ministry of Economy, notified the World Trade Organization ( ...| Click here to read more

Eurobarometer: Large majority of European companies continue using the euro in int...

The large majority of companies in France, Germany and Italy use the euro as a currency when trading internationally, even after the euro crisis struck the ...| Click here to read more

Dutch Presidency to push for signature of UN ISDS Convention

The Dutch EU Presidency has pledged to try to break the current deadlock in the Council over signing by the EU of the UN Mauritius Convention on Transparenc ...| Click here to read more

TiSA: EP toughens safeguards concerning services of general economic interest

The European Parliament (EP) has voted in favour of providing member states with full flexibility to bring services of general economic interest back into p ...| Click here to read more

Commission backs down on its 2012 proposal on access to public procurement in thir...

In a bid to break the current deadlock over the 2012 proposal on access to public procurement markets in third countries, the European Commission has droppe ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 29 January 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 29 January 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO issues: On the basis of a debrief from the Commission ...| Click here to read more

INTA adopts “strong” set of recommendations for EU Executive on TiSA talks

The European Parliament’s (EP’s) International Trade Committee (INTA) adopted on 18 January a set of recommendations for the Commission on the ongoing pluri ...| Click here to read more