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EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?

The European Commission published the bulk of the text of the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in early December last year.   Below some highlights of the pact and some comments – result of your truly’s Christmas break reading. The deal favours significantly EU exporters and is relatively unambitious in services.

Agriculture Defensive trade policy Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO dispute settlement

Russia vows to fight EU demand for WTO sanctions in pig spat

Not surprisingly, Moscow has announced that it plans to fight efforts by the EU to slap 1.39 billion euros in trade sanctions on Russia for failing to lift a ban on European pork and pigs. If the EU convinces World Trade Organization judges that Russia continues to flout global trade …

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Week ahead in EU trade: Mexico, farming conference, Export Control Forum, Sri Lanka

The clock is ticking as the EU and Mexico work to secure a framework to upgrade their 17-year-old trade agreement by the end of the month. The two sides made progress on issues including market access and intellectual property during their sixth round of discussions in November, and negotiators held …

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EU-Mercosur: Negotiators set sights on Buenos Aires WTO ministerial

EU and Mercosur negotiators agreed to prolong for another seven days a marathon two-week round of negotiations scheduled to start on 27 November. This means there will be a three-week stretch to get close to a deal before the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines …

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Mercosur talks enter choppy waters ahead of final exchange of offers

“Both sides are doing their homework at the moment,” a Mercosur official told Borderlex. The European Union and the South American bloc are preparing a final exchange of politically highly sensitive market-access offers in free trade negotiations that the European Commission wants to declare concluded by year-end.   Confidence that …

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Update on Mercosur, Mexico, Japan, new architecture, TSD, data, Korea

Today EU member states gathered around the Commission to take stock of various free trade agreement files. Here a run through what we have gathered at the foreign affairs Council and during the past week in Brussels.   EU Mercosur and EU Mexico free trade negotiations   “We are now entering …

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ECJ: Geographical Indication negotiations fall under EU exclusive trade competence

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled today that negotiations to upgrade the so-called Lisbon Agreement, an international treaty on the protection of geographical indications dating back to 1958, and overseen by the World Intellectual Protection Organization, are to be led under the EU’s exclusive competence as part …