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Steel, WTO leader selection, Mercosur at trade minister’s table
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Steel, WTO leader selection, Mercosur at trade minister’s table

Protecting the steel industry, what to do with the EU Mercosur trade pact and finding common ground in the WTO director-general selection process were among the main topics discussed by trade ministers in Berlin today at an informal meeting hosted by the German presidency of the Council.

Valdis Dombrovskis
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Dombrovskis nomination to trade post signals continuity, priority to US and China relations

Valdis Dombrovskis will not take over the European Commission’s trade portfolio as a novice. But his tasks will be challenging. The former Latvian prime minister served as vice-president of the European Commission during the last political term in 2016, overseeing financial, Euro zone issues as well as investment. In this …

Valdis Dombrovskis
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Flash: Dombrovskis keeps trade portfolio at European Commission

This is an unprecedented arrangement in the European Commission: an executive vice-president takes over the leadership of an entire Commission directorate, without a ‘proper commissioner’ taking over the job. Valdis Dombrovkis, who was entrusted the trade portfolio on an interim basis following the resignation of Phil Hogan late August, is …

Peter Altmaier
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Altmeier manages expectations for remaining 2020 EU trade agenda

“A presidency is not a government,” quipped the German economy minister in an exchange of views with members of the European Parliament’s international trade committee on Thursday (3 September). Peter Altmeier, who further oversees Germany’s industrial and energy policy, also pointed out that rotating Council presidencies taking place in the …

Week in Brussels: Airbus subsidies, TDI, corporate responsibility, Moldova, Corona
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Week in Brussels: Airbus subsidies, TDI, corporate responsibility, Moldova, Corona

In many ways this has been a week full of trade defence news: the first European Court of Auditors report on EU trade defence policy was released this week, and Turkey decided to go to court in Geneva over the EU’s steel safeguard. There is also the ever-simmering tariff guerilla …