In the latest Brussels Briefing on Trade, Joanna Sopinska – Trade Editor for EU Trade Insights, provides an overview of the EU’s most pressing trade issues coming up in the second half of November 2016.
- Two weeks after signing the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA) on 30 October, the city of Brussels will host, on 16 November in Brussels, a conference entitled “CETA adventure: lessons to be learnt.”
- On 22 November, the second EU-Mexico negotiating round on the renewal of the current free trade agreement will kick off in Mexico City.
- On the 23rd of November, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation is expected to vote on the appointment of its two new members.
- At the same Dispute Settlement Body meeting, on 23 November, the EU is expected to submit a second request for a panel to rule on duties and quotas China has imposed on the export of raw materials to the EU.
- On 24 November, EU leaders will host the annual EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels with the participation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
- The 18th negotiating round on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) will kick off on 26 November in Geneva.
- Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will arrive in Washington on 27 November for meetings with the outgoing US administration and possibly with Mr Trump’s transition team.