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WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats
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WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats

The EU and Japan are joining the United States in a World Trade Organization dispute against China’s intellectual property practices. On Wednesday, the EU and Japan filed a request to join consultations – a preliminary phase in a legal dispute – initiated by Washington.   Despite facing, as political allies, …

Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented
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Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented

  Trade agreements must be monitored better, more transparent,  focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and promote European values and norms, writes Tokia Saïfi.   The international context has evolved significantly since the European Commission published its latest trade strategy in 2015. While the US is withdrawing from the international …

EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices
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EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices

Reports that the European Union is “closely examining” possible World Trade Organization complaints against China for its policies and practices on intellectual property come as little surprise, as the EU just last week told a WTO committee that it was concerned about Beijing’s technology licensing requirements.   US President Donald …

EFTA to expand FTA reach in 2018 with Ecuador pact, revised Turkey deal
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EFTA to expand FTA reach in 2018 with Ecuador pact, revised Turkey deal

The European Free Trade Association expects to sign a free trade agreement with Ecuador as well as an expanded accord with Turkey this year. Negotiations will continue with India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, while talks with the Latin American Mercosur bloc that began in 2017 will also move ahead in …

A Week in Brussels: Mercosur round and leaks, Mosca book, Ptassek
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A Week in Brussels: Mercosur round and leaks, Mosca book, Ptassek

With Easter approaching it’s been a comparatively quiet week in Brussels, although behind the scenes there is a lot of work on dealing with the United States’ protectionist “extortion”, as so many call it. There are preparations for the next phase of Brexit negotiations and there’s been work hammering out …

EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO
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EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO

On Monday, seven World Trade Organization members raised concerns about the EU’s new Renewable Energy Directive during a goods committee meeting.   In January, the European Parliament voted to ban palm oil from the bloc’s targets for consumption of renewable energy for transport by 2021, in a shift away from earlier …

Week ahead in EU trade: Turkey, Brexit, 301 probe
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Week ahead in EU trade: Turkey, Brexit, 301 probe

EU leaders will be in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Varna today to meet with Turkish counterparts including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is hoping to hear some good news about plans to begin technical talks on their bilateral customs union. He’s likely to be disappointed. And US tariffs on goods …

A Week in Brussels –  Trump, Brexit but also PanEuroMed, FDI screening
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A Week in Brussels – Trump, Brexit but also PanEuroMed, FDI screening

It’s been a momentous week in EU trade.   We had the Trump tariff exemption saga in Brussels, and the next phase of Brexit negotiations agreed today by the member states. For Brexit, we have in principle: a transitional period combined with relatively clean withdrawal terms, and initial guidelines for a …

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EU FTA roundup – Negotiations, ratifications, mandates

EU free trade negotiations, ratifications  and mandate releases have been on the slow lane recently compared to other trade policy files, as President Donald Trump and Brexit grab headlines and policymakers’ attention. Here’s an overview of where we are on the various files.   Mercosur   EU-Mercosur FTA negotiations are …