The European Commission’s lead negotiator with Chile told members of the European Parliament that he is confident that a political conclusion to the trade pillar of the bilateral association agreement is “within reach and can be achieved before the end of the year”. Speaking during the meeting of the parliament’s …
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The European Commission will present its additional instrument on environmental obligations and human rights as part of the EU-Mercosur association agreement “in the coming months”. The Chilean government is questioning a technically finalised EU Chile FTA upgrade agreement’s provisions linked to energy and raw materials.
The fact that the international trade policy community’s attention was all on MC12 in Geneva throughout the week does not mean there weren’t other meaningful news on trade and investment policy in Brussels. More below from Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
The sixth meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement Consultative Committee, which took place on Tuesday (4 May) in Barbados, noted that there are “deficiencies on both sides” when it comes to the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement.
A new week has passed in EU trade policy. Here some highlights. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
Are European Union free trade agreements working? Rob Francis has delved into one of the EU’s latest ‘ex post’ evaluation reports of trade agreements commissioned by the European Commission.
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 …
Is the French government finally realising that blocking progress in bilateral trade agreements might not help its much-touted ‘strategic autonomy’ and supply chain resilience agenda that defines the country’s current rotating EU Council presidency?
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 …
EU trade ministers today exposed their divisions as to whether and when to formally announce the political conclusion of a renegotiation of an existing trade agreement with Chile. The meeting allowed a discussion and stock take of other ongoing EU trade files.