Author: Sarah Anne Aarup

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AfCFTA leaders wary of fragmentation from bilateral EU EPAs, US deals  

Covid-19 has disrupted the African Continental Free Trade Agreement launch and negotiations, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga said during a webinar by Friends of Europe on Thursday (19 November). African Union leaders are also calling for better alignment between the new continental trading zone and bilateral …

Energy & Environment Exclusive Interviews Latest news WTO crisis and reform

Ingredients for a climate-friendly trade policy

UC Berkeley economist Joseph Shapiro is of the view that trade policy is “sending the wrong price signal” by bolstering trade in dirty goods in comparison to cleaner products, especially in Europe. Speaking to Borderlex’s Sarah Anne Aarup, Shapiro said that rather than raising trade barriers on dirty goods, focusing …

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Fresh post-COVID-19 winds for Euro-Mediterranean trade?

This week’s Union for the Mediterranean trade ministerial meeting saw leaders express hopes for stronger regional economic integration and a greater role for the region in ‘near-shoring’ industrial supply chains in the post-Covid-19 era. But twenty-five years into the existence of the Barcelona Process – which ministers celebrated this week …

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EU-US lobster deal on hold until after US elections

The EU-US mini trade pact known as the ‘lobster deal’ may not receive the European Parliament’s green light until after the United States elections, according to European lawmakers in the international trade committee meeting today (15 October). In a U-turn, INTA committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D) expressed doubts about endorsing …

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EU and Ukraine set the stage for 2021 Association Agreement review

“We’d like to maximally use [our association agreement’s] potential and develop mutual trade relations,” Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said after the EU-Ukraine summit on Tuesday (6 October). The in-person summit in Brussels was a way to prepare for the 2021 review and potential upgrade of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, which …