Tariffs on imports into the United Kingdom of bed linen and similar products from India are to jump by 20% as from 19 June, as the country’s new trade preference regime enters into force. This comes as the other major source country for textiles, Bangladesh, eyes graduation from its least-developed …
Corporate sustainability due diligence: MEPs make it harder to sue directors
The European Parliament voted on the high-profile Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence directive. The voting contest involved extra last-minute centre-right amendments in plenary. The single one adopted in the end could, if it survives inter-institutional negotiations, make it harder to sue company directors.
Week in London: New trade report, Windsor Framework, Oz-NZ, Ukraine steel, Colorado deal
An overview of key developments in UK trade policy as business and the opposition start looking beyond the 2024 general elections.
Comment: TTC 4 addresses some recent transatlantic crises over tech, green subsidies
The fourth meeting of the EU-US mega-talk shop called the Trade and Technology Council in Sweden has, in the eyes of most observers, been the most productive of them all so far. Although it hasn’t delivered on some big-ticket items, a slew of small deals and initiatives start revealing its …
EU-US TTC 4’s sustainability agenda: what it includes
The European Union and the United States established a joint work programme under the Transatlantic Initiative on Sustainable Trade – TIST – during the fourth meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council in Luleå, Sweden. The TTC participants also agreed on a number of recommendations to eliminate forced labour. …
Ukraine agriculture safeguard prolongation tussle continues
EU agriculture commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that he backs a prolongation to the current rules which prevent Ukrainian grain from entering five EU member states and being placed on their markets. But he faces resistance.
WTO Corner: Indian appeal into void, Indonesia-EU, Turkey-EU
As activity gears up at the WTO’s dispute settlement body, here a quick update on the latest developments at today’s monthly meeting.
WTO dispute settlement: reform proposals to be tabled after summer break
Work will commence in September on drafting concrete proposals for a new dispute settlement system for the WTO, a Geneva-based trade official said today. A sense of momentum is evident following a series of informal but extensive consultations over the past few months between WTO members and the diplomat charged …
Opinion: Another tomorrow for transatlantic tech rivalry
The ongoing Trade and Technology Council is not useless. Its promise rather goes beyond the current generation of bilateral irritants. Such longtermism can hold its value in a policy climate where local politics and Indo-Pacific take precedence over global trade and Europe, write Hosuk Lee-Makiyama and Robin Baker.
Week Ahead: TTC 4, corporate sustainability due diligence, WTO dispute settlement
A preview of the week in trade policy in the EU and at the WTO. By Rob Francis and Chris Horseman.