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ASIA TRADE – EU Indonesia free trade agreement: hope springs eternal

Perhaps in the triumph of hope over experience, the EU and Indonesia have recently announced their intention to accelerate progress on their stalled free trade agreement. But political factors and deep-rooted disagreements over the EU’s sustainability and deforestation policies mean that finalising a deal will remain a tall order.

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Week in Brussels: Oysters, tequila, TTC, Indonesia FTA

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 …

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Week in Brussels: Indonesia, Singapore DAG, LatAm, supply chain due diligence

It’s been quite the busy week on the Brussels trade beat, with, among others, key trade files making headway in the European Parliament’s international trade committee: international procurement and carbon border adjustment. Also the EU, US and Japan revived their legendary ‘non market economy’ trilateral. Here other bits of interesting …

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Week in Brussels: China, Indonesia, New Zealand, ESA

With input from Chris Horseman. The week in EU trade was dominated by preparations for trade agreement negotiations with Britain next month and Phil Hogan’s delicate trip to the United States. Hogan’s tweets mention meetings with members of Congress and the Senate and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The ‘big’ meeting …

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Indonesia’s WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it

It took Indonesia a long time to move from threat to action: but now we have the complaint filed by Jakarta  against the European Union’s REDII directive in its relation to imported biofuels. The Indonesian complaint also targets  France’s tax exemptions for biofuels – which do not cover biodiesel based …

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Week in Brussels: Singapore services, Indonesia, trade opinion and the European urban middle class

All good things happen on a Friday afternoon when everyone wants to head off into the week-end: the EU just released its offer to the United States towards the conformity assessment agreement they are currently negotiating. If you were wondering what to read over the week-end, here it is! High …