The provisions of the United Kingdom’s free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand will enter into force as from 1 June, triggering major changes in the bilateral trading relationships between the countries.
WTO Corner: Industrial and fish subsidies in focus
This week was a lot about putting up a public show, with Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi giving the second Presidential Lecture at WTO headquarters and director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala playing star at an event co-organised with the global football federation FIFA on ‘Making Trade Score For Women’. In the quieter nooks …
Think tank: Oz-EU anti-coercion collaboration, EU firms and China
Here are a few highlights of recent think tank trade policy activity.
EU, Australia eye June ministerial to conclude FTA talks
The EU and Australia are preparing the ground for ministers to make the final decisions on remaining sticking points in negotiations towards a bilateral free trade agreement in June.
EU to remove remaining quotas, tariffs on Moldovan fruit and vegetables
The European Commission is doubling down on helping Eastern neighbours cope with the impact of the war in Ukraine on their trade. Brussels is proposing to eliminate for one year all remaining tariffs and tariff rate quotas on imports from tiny next-door Moldova as a sign of support for the …
Fortnight Ahead: Ukraine import safeguard, EU-US, EU-Indonesia, WTO
Due to the many May holidays in Europe – including today’s May Day holiday – our weekly schedule of Monday ‘Week Ahead’ previews will be different than usual: this week we will offer a fortnightly preview of the coming two weeks of trade policy in Europe instead of one.
WTO Corner: EU Indonesia steel dispute, Hong Kong case, Korea washer case resolved
It’s getting interesting again at the WTO’s dispute settlement body.
Week in Brussels: Forced labour, GSP, Mercosur dilly dallying
It’s been a big week for those looking at supply chain management, with the corporate sustainability due diligence regulation moving ahead in in parliament and MEPs starting to look at the EU’s planned forced labour product ban. Also the international trade committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of …
Week in London: Turkish ironing boards, new parliament committee, new reports
To save or not to save one single British company from Turkish competition, that is the question. And more in UK trade politics this week below.
Energy Charter Treaty modernisation in limbo amidst EU member state deadlock
It had become abundantly clear that there would be no ad hoc ministerial conference in April this year as originally envisaged by the Energy Charter Treaty ministers last November when a decision to adopt a renegotiated treaty text was postponed.