Energy & Environment

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 …

Europe’s automobile industry is being challenged by firms such as Tesla
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Week in Brussels: How the EU battery alliance already permeates EU trade policy

On Thursday (2 May) Germany’s Peter Altmaier, France’s Bruno Le Maire and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic formally launched the European Battery Alliance in Paris. The plan has been in the works in Brussels for almost two years and is the new face of European industrial policy. The aim …

US LNG ships have made an appearance in some EU terminals but barely make a mark on EU import stats
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United States eases LNG shipping restraints in view of Europe sales

It’s a case of three interests coming together in the United States: geopolitics, mercantile endeavours and Trumpian electioneering. This time around, the EU had it relatively easy in prompting a significant shift in US domestic regulation. When the European Union and the United States were negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and …

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
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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 …