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EU healthcare aims for WTO elicit no enthusiasm at Ottawa Group
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EU healthcare aims for WTO elicit no enthusiasm at Ottawa Group

The European Union tabled a “concept paper” on health to a group of like-minded World Trade Organization members called the Ottawa Group. The EU aims to avoid medical supply shortages as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in similar situations in future. But it didn’t get the traction it had hoped …

Phil Hogan
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WTO, US, health and trade at ministers’ table in Brussels

European Union trade ministers approached the issue of who they will support as the next World Trade Organization’s director-general with great prudence. The second ‘FAC Trade’ of the year held online today was an opportunity for EU capitals and the Commission to touch base on the bundle of recent WTO issues …

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 …

WTO: LDCs plea on medical, food exports, UK in ‘friends of system’ export pledge
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WTO: LDCs plea on medical, food exports, UK in ‘friends of system’ export pledge

There is continued movement around the issue of restrictions on exports of medical products in the World Trade Organization. LDCs call on WTO members not to restrict medical, food exports Benin, on behalf of the group of Least Developed Countries in the World Trade Organization, requested that other members of …

Will the trading system recover from COVID-19?
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Will the trading system recover from COVID-19?

Which way will the already battered trading system go? The COVID-19 pandemic has seen trade restrictions on medical products spread like wildfire as governments seek to maximise availability of scarce goods to their peoples and their medical teams in a beggar-thy-neighbour fashion. As of early May, a group of researchers …

Scope of EU PPE export restrictions narrowed down – subject to continued review
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Scope of EU PPE export restrictions narrowed down – subject to continued review

The European Union is restricting the scope of its current export prohibition of personal protective equipment to third countries – but not as much as the European Commission initially desired. The measure introduced last March for a period of six weeks required business to seek export authorisations from their national …