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Romania solar foreign subsidies case: Chinese intra-corporate subsidy channels in focus

In its first formal in-depth investigation into a non-European Union bidder on a public tender under a new foreign subsidies regulation, the European Commission has chosen to focus on what it conceives as a disproportionate amount of government funds received by the companies back home compared to the size of …

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Week Ahead: Strasbourg plenary to cap off intense mandate, WTO e-commerce, disputes

Five years of intense emergency and sustainability European Union legislative activity will come to a close with a salvo of key votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week. At the WTO, a moment of truth is facing the plurilateral e-commerce negotiations. By Rob Francis and Chris Horseman.

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Week in Brussels: EU summit, CBAM, Namibia, India GIs, Singapore, ISDS reform 

European Union leaders discussed relations with Türkiye and the bloc’s competitiveness. The European Commission published reports on its current negotiations with India on a geographical indications agreement and a digital trade agreement with Singapore.   There were also insights on how Namibian stakeholders views the country’s memorandum of understanding with …

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Week in London: EU-UK youth mobility scheme, border checks, CPTPP

The European Commission set out plans for a groundbreaking EU-UK youth mobility scheme – in the same week as it launched the first dispute settlement process against the United Kingdom under the trade and cooperation agreement. Worries also mount over the state of readiness of officials and traders for the …

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Letta calls for economic security focus, easier trade pact ratifications

The EU should simplify the ratification process of its trade agreements and avoid so-called “mixed” agreements. This is only one of the specific trade policy recommendations included in a wider on the future of the single market by former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta commissioned by the Belgian presidency of …

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EU triggers TCA dispute settlement mechanism in row over UK fishing ban

The European Commission initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United Kingdom over a British ban on fishing for sandeel in UK waters.  The European Union’s move was announced today in Brussels.   It represents the first time that either side has made use of the dispute settlement provisions under the EU-UK …