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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely
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British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely

The UK must wait at least another month to learn the fate of its bid to accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement post-Brexit, after the latest meeting of member countries in Geneva failed to approve its accession bid. There are no fundamental obstacles to the UK’s request …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?
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Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?

Washington’s insistence that the World Trade Organization must be modernised before it gets behind proposals to fill Appellate Body vacancies begs the question: Why hasn’t the US come up with its own proposals to reform the Geneva-based trade body? The Trump administration said in its February Trade Policy Agenda that …

Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar
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Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar

Is small beautiful? And is not having the United States on board a trade negotiation even more so? That could well be, as shown by the state of very below-the-radar discussions on ‘services domestic regulation’ unfolding in the World Trade Organization. A group of about 30 WTO members have been …

Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid
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Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid

Any mention of the World Trade Organization these days usually includes the words “reform” or “Appellate Body”. While efforts to limit harmful fisheries subsidies aren’t making many big headlines right now, the good news is that they actually seem to be making some progress. That’s not to say a deal …

China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership
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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership

The EU and China know they must work together to show leadership in matters of global trade and investment. But realising effective cooperation with trade partners to make the system more robust and to withstand the “disruptive bilateralism originating from Washington” is easier said than done, argues Jacques Pelkmans.