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Abundant gas has been available since the US shale gas revolution
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Member states want to be consulted ahead of any EU-US negotiation suspension

The Council’s negotiating directives to the European Commission aim to ease the way towards negotiations with the United States on elimination of tariffs on goods and on conformity assessment. But will they make life easier for transatlantic negotiators? Not really. Member states mainly made amendments to the mandate on elimination …

A new EU rule makes Malaysian palm oil unviable as a biofuel stock
Cambodia Energy & Environment EU FTAs & bilateral ties Free comment GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Indonesia Myanmar Philippines Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

Unsustainable unilateralism: Sanctions or sustainability compliance

Europe’s efforts towards sustainable trade is a paradox. While it successfully works with sticks and carrots for sustainable fisheries, the EU imposes rules on biofuels that cannot be complied with, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.

Week in Brussels: Trump trouble, Korea labour dispute, Turkey, palm oil fight
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Week in Brussels: Trump trouble, Korea labour dispute, Turkey, palm oil fight

It’s been an eventful week, with the EU coming up with new initiatives vis-a-vis China, the European Parliament voting down the EU’s United States trade strategy, a beef deal with Washington, and negotiations going on with Indonesia and Mercosur to try and achieve a free trade agreement with them. In …

Palm oil growers mull WTO action on EU RED II
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Palm oil growers mull WTO action on EU RED II

Palm oil growers have signalled they could take the European Union to the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body over its new biofuels regulation. The EU is preparing a definitive version of a ‘delegated act’ pertaining to its new Renewable Energy Directive that sets the environmental criteria required for biofuels …

Week in Brussels: Trade Valentine, US auto tariffs, low-risk ILUC
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Week in Brussels: Trade Valentine, US auto tariffs, low-risk ILUC

There’s been loads of trade love going on in the twittosphere this week…. Alas, trade is largely a loveless type of environment…. A former European Commission negotiator once said that trade negotiations are “as unsentimental as war”. He said this from his experience in office in the middle of the …

EU, ASEAN seek to settle palm oil and human rights quarrel, upgrade relationship
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EU, ASEAN seek to settle palm oil and human rights quarrel, upgrade relationship

The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations announced plans yesterday to upgrade their relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’. But palm oil and human rights disagreements continue to put sand in the wheels of the bilateral cooperation machinery. Strategic partner status tends to mean little in practice. For the …

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MEPs wrangle over Japan EPA labour and environmental provisions

Insiders don’t believe the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement signed this summer faces a serious risk of being voted down in the European Parliament at the end of the year. But as the assembly enters its last months of functioning, a vocal group of left-of-centre MEPs is making a last big …