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EU, UK join WTO group pledging fight against food export curbs
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EU, UK join WTO group pledging fight against food export curbs

The European Union has joined with 23 other World Trade Organization members in pledging not to impose food export bans in response to the crisis in food distribution which the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed in some sectors. The commitment was issued in the form of a WTO joint statement, coordinated …

EU exports of GI food products booming – but is its trade policy helping?
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EU exports of GI food products booming – but is its trade policy helping?

The European Union has boosted its exports of food and drink products with protected geographical indications by 62% over the last seven years, according to a new European Commission report. The study sheds some interesting light on the political and commercial drivers behind the EU’s controversial policies on GIs and …

WTO negotiations resume on agricultural domestic support
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WTO negotiations resume on agricultural domestic support

World Trade Organization member countries have pledged to at least make an effort to agree new disciplines on domestic agricultural subsidies at the Organization’s ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan next June. Negotiators will begin work in January 2020 on a possible new text for agreement at the Nur-Sultan ministerial, bolstered by …

MEPs step up preparations to approve US beef hormone quota
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MEPs step up preparations to approve US beef hormone quota

Members of the European Parliament are signalling they are ready to rubber-stamp the European Commission’s proposal to reallocate the EU’s duty-free tariff rate quota for high-quality beef in favour of the United States, in the interests of de-escalating the bloc’s current trade conflict with Washington. Following repeated assurances by the …