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WTO rules provide basis for DCFTA arbitration ruling on Ukrainian lumber export restrictions

The EU said it prevailed in its first bilateral FTA panel case against Ukraine in a dispute relating to Ukraine’s export ban on certain wood products, but the ruling also leaves Ukraine room to keep some restrictions. The ruling and the case prove that rules-based resolution of trade disputes remains …

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EU and Ukraine set the stage for 2021 Association Agreement review

“We’d like to maximally use [our association agreement’s] potential and develop mutual trade relations,” Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said after the EU-Ukraine summit on Tuesday (6 October). The in-person summit in Brussels was a way to prepare for the 2021 review and potential upgrade of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, which …

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Week in Brussels: Pharma reshoring, textiles and GSP, Moldova meat

With input from Sarah Anne Aarup. This week we saw an EU-China summit deliver some progress on the lengthy path towards a bilateral investment agreement. It also revealed that rules-based international trade is Chefsache in the Commission, with president von der Leyen dwelling extensively on the matter in her State …

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WTO Corner: Brussels appeals into void in Russia case, EU steel safeguard goes to court

MPIA state of play EU appeals ‘into void’ in Russia anti-dumping dispute To many, the move will seem highly ironic. The EU is not pleased with a July WTO panel ruling regarding anti-dumping duties on ammonium nitrate and steel pipes in a case filed by Russia – so it is …

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New Paneuromed rules of origin to start applying without Morocco and Tunisia

Simplifying rules of origin for the hub-and-spoke preferential trade arrangements in the European Union’s neighbourhood is anything but a simple exercise. The renegotiation of the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin – the PEM convention – has been going on for a decade. It aims at introducing a …

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EU faces appeal dilemma after anti-dumping method loss at WTO against Russia

On Friday a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel established at the behest of Russia ruled that the European Union’s ‘cost adjustment methodology’ relating to how it accounts for raw material input costs on exports of products it deems ‘dumped’ was not compliant with the global trade rule-book. The ruling …

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Week in Brussels: Airbus subsidies, TDI, corporate responsibility, Moldova, Corona

In many ways this has been a week full of trade defence news: the first European Court of Auditors report on EU trade defence policy was released this week, and Turkey decided to go to court in Geneva over the EU’s steel safeguard. There is also the ever-simmering tariff guerilla …