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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

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

Council endorses €200 million financial assistance to Jordan – in brief

The Council endorsed on 4 November a decision jointly reached with the European Commission and the European Parliament to allocate €200 million in macro-fin ...| Click here to read more

INTA backs beefing up Jordan’s macro-financial assistance to deal with refug...

Members of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) adopted by a large majority a recommendation demanding that the Commission and the ...| Click here to read more

Malmström urges Council to declassify mandates for FTA talks with Mexico, Mercosur...

In a bid to increase transparency in ongoing trade negotiations, the European Commission has urged EU member states to make the negotiating mandates for the ...| Click here to read more

Tunisian olive oil: European Parliament votes in favour of prolonging duty-free qu...

On 10 March, the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg has backed up the European Commission’s 2015 proposal to extend an annual duty free quota for Tunisi ...| Click here to read more

EP to hold final vote on 2015 proposal for extra olive oil duty free quota for Tun...

On 10 March, the European Parliament (EP) will hold a final vote on the European Commission’s 2015 proposal increasing an annual duty free tariff quota for ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 4 March 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 4 March 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO issues: Post-Nairobi: TPC will discuss based on a present ...| Click here to read more

EP calls for additional safeguards to proposal for increased olive oil duty free q...

Despite reassurances of no negative impact on the EU market, the European Parliament voted, on 25 February, in favour of additional safeguards being inserte ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 12 February 2016

Full Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 12 February 2016 to discuss the following issues: Post Nairobi Discussion on way forward on outstanding DDA i ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 5 February 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday February 2016 to discuss the following items: WTO issues: Dispute Settlement: the Commission will provide ...| 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

INTA backs increase of zero-duty olive oil quota for Tunisia – in brief

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) backed on 25 January with 31 to 7 votes and 1 abstention the Commission’s 2015 proposal tempo ...| Click here to read more

Commission in favour of quick relaxation of trade rules on imports from Jordan

A relaxation of the rules of origin applicable to the EU trade with refugee-crisis affected Jordan could be put in place in a “relatively short period of ti ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 15 January 2016

Full Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 15 January 2016 to discuss the following issues: Programme and priorities for trade of the Dutch Presidency Po ...| Click here to read more

EU appeals General Court’s ruling on agricultural trade deal with Morocco

The Council of Foreign Affairs decided on 14 December to appeal the judgement of the EU General Court of 10 December that ordered a 2012 deal on trade in ag ...| Click here to read more

ECJ annuls EU-Morocco agricultural agreement over Western Sahara- in brief

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered, on 10 December, a 2012 deal on trade in the agri-food and fisheries products between the EU and Morocco annulle ...| Click here to read more

Commission clarifies labelling rules for Israeli settlement products

The European Commission adopted, on 11 November, an interpretative notice on EU labelling rules for products originating in Israeli settlement areas in east ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 9 October 2015

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 9 October 2015 to discuss: WTO WTO Accession Liberia Preparation of the 14 October meeting of the Committee ...| Click here to read more

Commission temporarily increases duty-free quota for Tunisian olive oil

The European Commission tabled, on 17 September, a legislative proposal temporarily extending an annual duty free tariff rate quota for Tunisian olive oil. ...| Click here to read more

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