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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 …

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Opinion: Post-Cotonou agreement trade provisions are shockingly asymmetrical

The European Union and the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries concluded negotiations to update the framework agreement that shapes their political and economic relationships on Thursday (15 April 2021). This post-Cotonou agreement is all about political cooperation on anything ranging from human rights to migration to ‘peace and …

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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 …

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Week in Brussels: border carbon adjustment, Brexit preparedness, ESA, Georgia

Carbon border adjustment – Lange prefers ETS extension The German chemical industry association VCI held a webinar this week on trade policy and climate change. International trade committee chair Bernd Lange was a speaker. Whether this is an indication of what is to come as the EU prepares to prepare …

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Week in Brussels: Turkey pharma case, Africa, Biodiversity

Turkey pharma case in WTO The European Commission published this week its first legal submission in a dispute it filed against Turkey last year at the World Trade Organization concerning the EU’s neighbour’s restrictive policies in the area of pharmaceuticals. The case ‘Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing …

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Blog: Dispute settlement update – South Africa, Spanish olives, Appellate Body, Boeing

EU-South Africa frozen chicken dispute notched up one level further After 18 months of consultations the EU decided to request a formal panel in its long-standing dispute with the Southern African Developing Community over the latter’s safeguard on imports of frozen bone-in chicken. The EU criticises the data and the …