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Week ahead in EU trade: G20 fallout, parliament leadership race, EU Australia
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Week ahead in EU trade: G20 fallout, parliament leadership race, EU Australia

It hasn’t been much of a weekend for European leaders. Nor for journalists. We’ve had: a handshake deal on the EU Mercosur free trade negotiations on Friday night with few details on its exact content, the signing of the EU Vietnam free trade agreement in Hanoi on Sunday (30 June), …

The CPTPP focuses on fighting pollution and chemical contamination
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EU Australia FTA: Labour and environmental issues come into focus

Compared to the ongoing free trade agreement negotiation process with New Zealand, the European Union’s trade talks with Australia are advancing slowly. It’s clear Brussels and Canberra are taking the time they need to bridge wide gaps in the way they conceive some international trade and investment issues. One of …

Oceania, US cheese producers riled by new Danish Havarti cheese protection
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Oceania, US cheese producers riled by new Danish Havarti cheese protection

A Danish cheese is at the centre of the latest international controversy over EU policy on Geographical Indications. A European Commission committee has cleared the way for ‘Havarti’ – a semi-soft Danish cow’s milk cheese – to be recognised as a Protected Geographical Indication, joining almost 3,400 other regional products …

Fruits and vegetables. Carrots, raspberries, kiwi, melon, cherry tomatoes, grapes
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New EU agriculture coalition turns its fire on FTAs

A cross-sector coalition of agricultural industry groups has launched a new body dedicated to protecting European agricultural markets by focusing mainly on concerns over production standards in exporting countries. The Alliance for the Defence of European Agriculture – ADEA – was created in Brussels late last week, bringing together farm …

Cecilia Malmstrom, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, with Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, and Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
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EU FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand – state of play report

The EU’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are now fully engaged, almost a year after their official launch. The ‘mood music’ in the negotiations is positive, with all three parties consistently emphasising the desirability of an FTA, and how closely aligned the countries already are in …