Is this the European Union’s approach to ‘digital partnerships’ in the Indo-Pacific just fluff? At the very least one can say it is much too timid.
South Asia & ASEAN
A few notable developments in EU trade policy this week. By Rob Francis an Iana Dreyer.
The European Commission remains concerned about Bangladesh’s commitments to align its labour laws with international standards as required under the conditions of its current trading relationship with the EU, despite the country successfully ratifying relevant International Labour Conventions linked to forced labour and the minimum working age.
Much is in flux in the European Union’s geostrategic – hence also trade policy – positioning following the war in Ukraine. A lot will also depend on how China positions itself on this matter in the coming weeks and months. But diversification of trade relationships is now on top of …
The European Parliament’s international trade committee has begun work on plans to negotiate a trade, an investment protection and a geographical indications agreement between the European Union. This comes as the European Commission and the Indian government are preparing the ground to start working on concrete legal treaty text proposals …
As the shape of global trade changes, so does the EU need to update its thinking about its trade relationships with developing countries.
There isn’t only Africa this week in EU trade news. The latest edition of Week in Brussels brought to you by Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
With the new Chips Act being the core EU trade policy news this week, here are some notable developments in Brussels.
It’s been an intense week….with the meltdown in Northern Ireland over the EU UK Protocol, the WTO’s Okonjo-Iweala shaking up things in Geneva, the serious work now in full swing in the European Parliament on carbon border adjustment, the EU rolling out its ‘strategic autonomy’ agenda in a wide areas …
Just two years after the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement entered into force, the EU and Singapore are ready to take our economic cooperation to the next level by pursuing a comprehensive digital partnership, write European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovksis and Singapore’s minister in charge of trade S. Iswaran.