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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 …