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.
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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?
European Union member states, who came together at a summit today, have given the green light to the resumption of a stalled trade conversation with Turkey. The move follows on a recent de-escalation of political tensions with Ankara over the East Mediterranean and a recommendation by the European Commission to …
It’s been an eventful one and a half days on the foreign policy front – with significant implications for EU trade policy Here a little ‘quick and dirty’ update on where things stand. Airbus and steel and aluminium disputes on the immediate agenda of EU & US New USTR Katherine …
This has been Brexit week on both sides of the Channel. The dinner between Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson on Wednesday night did not bring us closer to a breakthrough on the most thorny issue of ‘the level playing field’.