The trade policy world was comparatively quiet in Brussels as the Christmas break continued for many in the EU bubble in this first week of January 2022. More on what happened this week in EU trade by Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer below.
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This week’s trade minister meeting in Brussels was a rather grumpy family gathering ahead of ‘decision time’ for small but strategic trade agreements with Chile (lithium anyone?), New Zealand and Australia. Here are some other interesting developments. EU and Vietnam hold their first FTA civil society group meetings The first …
Under-the-radar but important trade policy news for you in this Week in Brussels column. By Rob Francis and a little bit of extra input from Iana Dreyer. Section 232 talks with US continue as Commission eyes temporary solution Only two days before the Commission’s self-set deadline to finalise negotiations with …
This week the European Union’s trade policy jolted back into action after a summer lull. It’s mainly been about setting up meetings and the agenda for the coming months. By Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer.
The atmosphere in Brussels in this 2021 European Union trade policy back-to-school week has been marked by deepening uncertainty over where the United States, Europe’s key security ally and largest trading partner, is heading. By Iana Dreyer and Rob Francis.
There is not only CBAM, the United States or Mercosur in EU trade policy. There is also Morocco. Trade relations with the EU’s southern neighbour were the focus of a dedicated session in the international trade committee this week. The MEPs’ exchange of views with Commission official comes amidst heavy …
Brussels and Ankara are sitting down for two days on Thursday and Friday (8 & 9 July) for the annual meeting of their 1995 EU Turkey customs union joint committee. Among others, they will re-start a conversation on modernising their trade arrangements.
It’s been a relatively quiet week on the trade front in the EU given a Thursday bank holiday in many European countries and the European Commission declaring today (Friday 14 May) a holiday for its staff. Nonetheless, below some notable developments in EU trade policy.
The European Union has tricky trade relations with many neighbouring countries: it would gain from having a joined-up approach to its diverse neighbourhood.
Ever since preliminary talks with Turkey on ‘modernising’ its customs union with the European Union were initiated seven years ago, the issue has disappeared and resurfaced with the ebb and flow of a turbulent bilateral EU-Turkey relationship. The project was recently revived – so what’s at stake?