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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 …

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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 …

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 …