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Commission hopes for swift mandate for US trade talks – debate on fish, speed and WTO continues
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Commission hopes for swift mandate for US trade talks – debate on fish, speed and WTO continues

Member state trade ministers gathered in the Romanian capital Bucharest today to take stock of current European Union trade files. The most pressing issue on the table was the EU-US trade relationship. But capitals also discussed the way forward for the World Trade Organization and other bilateral trade files. Despite …

Beyond Brussels: Success at Davos as countries agree to start digital trade talks
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Beyond Brussels: Success at Davos as countries agree to start digital trade talks

Four dozen World Trade Organization members including the EU, China and the US will kick off negotiations on digital trade in March in a move designed to reinvigorate the beleaguered trade body. Meanwhile, a group of ‘like-minded’ members led by Canada warned that risks to the multilateral trading system – …

Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral
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Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral

Seeing that the World bTrade Organization survives, and that its dispute settlement function survives, remains independent and keeps is ‘bite’, is one of the EU’s current strategic priorities. In practice, the WTO dispute settlement system will weaken regardless of EU efforts to amend it, and the bloc will increasingly take …

Beyond Brussels: Venezuelan WTO challenge is latest to touch national security issue
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Beyond Brussels: Venezuelan WTO challenge is latest to touch national security issue

Venezuela struck back this week against US sanctions targeting the government of President Nicolás Maduro, filing a World Trade Organization complaint that accuses Washington of imposing “coercive trade-restrictive measures on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the context of attempts to isolate Venezuela economically”. The dispute is the latest touching …

Week Ahead in EU trade: Trilateral, WTO disputes, UK government procurement
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Week Ahead in EU trade: Trilateral, WTO disputes, UK government procurement

The first full working week of the new year will see the EU focus on World Trade Organization issues. Trilateral US Japan EU Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström will be in Washington tomorrow to meet her US and Japanese counterparts and discuss topics of joint interest in relation to WTO rules …