EU trade policies

Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh
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Week in Brussels: China, Dutch Mercosur vote, Australia, Myanmar, Bangladesh

This week has been dominated by news and gossip surrounding the nomintion of a successor for the WTO’s outgoing director general. Today, Nigeria announced it was planning to nominate former finance minister and World Bank official Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – a high profile nomination to say the least. The nomination period …

Cambodia EBA suspension in shadow of COVID-19 and November ASEM summit
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Cambodia EBA suspension in shadow of COVID-19 and November ASEM summit

A few weeks before the Big Lockdown, the European Union announced it was suspending trade preferences enjoyed by Cambodia under Brussels’ flagship duty-free-quota-free trade regime for the world’s poorest countries. Despite the severe economic and supply chain damage wrought by the pandemic, the EU still appears to plan on pressing …

Plenary session - Votes
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INTA committee: pharma IP, enforcement regulation, steel, chief enforcement officer

Today the international trade committee met for a somewhat longer session than the one held at the end of April at the height of Europe’s lockdown. Here some highlights of what’s been said. Pharma intellectual property The pharmaceutical intellectual property space is one to watch very closely post COVID-19. It …

Ursula von der Leyen, Margaritis Schinas
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Pharma, raw materials, taxes, strategic autonomy – the trade dimension of the Commission’s recovery plans

The European Commission’s post-COVID-19 ‘recovery plan’ released today amidst strong media attention focuses mainly on financial and budget issues. But the governance of trade and global value chains is also a significant dimension of how Brussels sees a way out of the pandemic-induced slump. The European Commission adjusted its 2020 …

Plenary session - Votes
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MEPs stand firm behind Commission over FTA negotiations with UK

The European Parliament is standing full-square behind the Commission in its approach to the post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK – and will need some convincing to accept any significant concessions to British demands as the talks rapidly intensify over the coming months. This was the message from Brussels at …