Author: Robert Francis

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Commission: CBAM “fully in line with international trade rules”

The European Commission says its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism complies with the World Trade Organization rule-book. The proposed regulation obliges EU importers of cement, electricity, fertilisers, iron & steel, and aluminium from third countries to purchase annual emission allowances. Their cost will depend on the degree of emissions embedded …

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James Bacchus: The WTO simply must prove that it can do something, not just talk

James Bacchus spoke with Rob Francis about the European Union’s carbon border adjustment mechanism, trade in medicines and medical products, how the Biden Administration is progressing on trade policy – and the World Trade Organization in all this. 

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AEGIS Europe-commissioned legal study: ETS free allowances compatible with CBAM

Legal analysis commissioned by Aegis Europe, an industry alliance incorporating more than 20 European manufacturing associations , argues that continuing free CO2-emitting allowances within the EU’s emissions trading scheme and a carbon border adjustment mechanism are compatible with World Trade Organization rules. The studies carried out by to law firms …

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European Parliament adopts its views on post COVID-19 trade

The European Parliament repeated – among others its call for a constructive dialogue on a temporary waiver from the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and criticised ongoing export restrictions by vaccine producing countries, including the EU, in a report adopted on Tuesday evening (6 July …

Latest news Mercosur

Finding a way through the Mercosur maze

This week a coalition of European business associations representing a wide variety of sectors got together to call for the swift ratification of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement. “With the political agreement reached two years ago, now is the time to move forward and unlock the manifold mutual benefits that this …

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EU and Angola kick-start negotiations on investment promotion agreement

Negotiations between the EU and Angola to improve the latter’s investment climate and diversify its economy kicked off today via video conference. The ‘sustainable investment facilitation agreement’ would be the first of its kind and aim to facilitate investment conditions by enhancing transparency, simplifying procedures, particularly for SMEs, and enhancing …