In the latest Brussels Briefing on Trade, Joanna Sopinska – Trade Editor of EU Trade Insights, provides an overview of the EU’s most pressing trade issues coming up in December 2016.
- The European Parliament will hold a consent vote, on 1 December in Brussels, on the EU-Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
- On 2 December, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will talk CETA – the EU-Canada free trade agreement – at a high-level roundtable to take place on the sidelines of the ALDE Party Congress in Warsaw.
- On the following day, Commissioner Malmström will move to Geneva to take part on 3-4 December in the Ministerial meeting on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) with the aim of sealing a political deal with the other 16 WTO members involved in the negotiations, including China, the US, Canada and Turkey.
- The agenda of the European Parliament’s INTA Committee meeting on 5 December will not feature the consent vote on the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA) as earlier planed as the political group coordinators decided to postpone it to 24 January 2017.
- On 6 December, the Chief negotiators for the Trade in Services Agreement will kick-off two-day technical talks in Geneva.
- The European Parliament will take stock, on 13 December, of the progress achieved by the Slovak Presidency over last six months, including in the area of trade policy.
- On 14 December, the European Parliament plenary will hold a consent vote on the protocol of accession of Ecuador to the EU-Columbia and Peru free trade agreement. MEPs will also take a stance on the inclusion of a bilateral safeguard clause and on the stabilisation mechanism for bananas in the FTA between the EU, Colombia and Peru.
- In the week of 19 December, a WTO panel is expected to issue on a confidential basis its final ruling on US compliance in the Boeing case that was launched by the EU in 2004.