Author: Hermine Donceel

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Exclusive Interviews United States

Exclusive interview: Elena Santiago Cid – CEN & CENELEC

  Elena Santiago Cid, the director general of CEN and CENELEC*, two of the three European standards organisations, shares her views with Hermine Donceel on how recent EU trade agreements deal with industry standards issues. She also talks about the stalled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks and shares her …

'Week Ahead' and trade agenda India LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN

Week ahead: Mercosur, new antidumping methodology, EU India summit

Mercosur   A new round of negotiations towards a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur starts today (2 October 2017) in Brasilia.   It is probably make-or-break week if both regional blocs want to reach a deal before the end of the year, a deadline supported both …

'Week Ahead' and trade agenda Investment screening

This week in EU trade: Mexico, digital, investment screening

It’s a packed trade week we are looking to.   Angela Merkel was reelected Chancellor of Germany on Sunday. Her party’s previous coalition partner, the centre-left SPD, decided to remain in opposition in the coming four years. Germany will be busy negotiating a new government coalition between the centre-right CDU, …

'Week Ahead' and trade agenda Indonesia

The week ahead in EU trade: State of Union, MTDI, Indonesia

Commission President  Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his annual ‘State of the Union’ speech before the European Parliament on Wednesday (13 September). Juncker has hinted that the EU’s trade policy would feature prominently in his speech. Items expected in his remarks include the Commission’s position on the future architecture of trade …

Social & human rights

EU in drive to promote ban on trade in products used for torture and death penalty

European Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström formally announced the European Union is seeking to form an international alliance to ban trade in products used for torture and capital punishment.   The move is done jointly with Argentina and Mongolia. The alliance for torture-free trade hopes to pave the way towards …