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Week in Brussels: EU summit, CBAM, Namibia, India GIs, Singapore, ISDS reform 

European Union leaders discussed relations with Türkiye and the bloc’s competitiveness. The European Commission published reports on its current negotiations with India on a geographical indications agreement and a digital trade agreement with Singapore.   There were also insights on how Namibian stakeholders views the country’s memorandum of understanding with …

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Letta calls for economic security focus, easier trade pact ratifications

The EU should simplify the ratification process of its trade agreements and avoid so-called “mixed” agreements. This is only one of the specific trade policy recommendations included in a wider on the future of the single market by former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta commissioned by the Belgian presidency of …

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European Parliament committee backs curbs on Ukraine agriculture imports 

The European Parliament’s trade committee approved an inter-institutional agreement which would restrict agricultural imports from Ukraine from June.  Parliamentarians backed a deal reached between the parliament and European Union member states yesterday which extends the EU’s current liberalisation measures with Ukraine for another twelve months from 6 June. 

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Week in Brussels: TTC, foreign subsidies, Uzbek critical minerals deal

Trade policy in the European Union was dominated by the 6th – and possibly final – ministerial meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council. Our roundup of the key outcomes is below. Brussels also launched two new investigations into Chinese solar power firms under the bloc’s foreign subsidies regulation.

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EU member states re-open compromise deal on Ukrainian import safeguards

EU member states agreed to reopen the compromise agreement with the European Parliament on safeguard measures on Ukrainian agricultural imports, following political pressure from France and Poland. Member state representatives agreed today to expand the reference period to be used to determine when the automatic safeguard mechanisms would be triggered.

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Week in Brussels: Chile, Switzerland, due diligence, forced labour, Ukraine

It was another busy week of voting in Brussels, as lawmakers continued to finalise the remaining legislation before the break for the European Union elections in June. This week also saw the launch of trade negotiations with the Philippines, a provisional agreement on rules governing Ukrainian agriculture imports and a proposal …

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Commission plans increased tariffs on Russian and Belarussian grain imports  

The European Commission has proposed to increase tariffs on Russian and Belarussian imports of cereals, oilseeds and derived products.   The move is intended to prevent the risk of destabilisation of the European Union market amid ongoing farmer protests within the EU.  The commission said the measure would also prevent Moscow …