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COM review of antidumping duties on Argentina and Indonesia biodiesel part of broader web of legal disputes

The Commission announced it was undertaking a review of its antidumping measures applied to biodiesel imported from Indonesia and Argentina which have been in force since 2013. The move is only part of a wider web of legal disputes regarding these measures.   The announcement states that the EU aims to comply with …

Agriculture

EU farmers to receive more money for export promotion activities in 2017

Twenty billion euros more money to promote trade in 2017 compared to 2016, that’s what DG Agriculture is offering the EU’s farmers’ organisation to boost exports.   The €133 million are earmarked to help farm groups hold fairs and other promotional activities to boost international sales of basic agricultural products and processed foods such …

Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean

Parliament readies to okay Ecuador accession to FTA with Colombia and Peru

The trade committee of the European Parliament is getting ready to greenlight Ecuador’s accession to a 2012 free trade agreement in force between the EU on the one hand and Colombia and Peru on the other.   Ecuador’s accession process to the deal, initiated in 2014, dragged on as further negotiations with Peru and …

Agriculture Central Asia

European Parliament prepares to ease imports of Uzbek cotton and textiles

  The European Parliament is moving to endorse a 2011 EU Uzbekistan textiles agreement it had previously rejected. Uzbekistan came under fire for engaging in child labour and forced labour in its cotton and fabrics industry. But reported progress on that front and an EU desire to deepen its footprint in Central Asia have contributed …

Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean

Malmström asks Council to fast-forward Ecuador FTA decision

Commissioner Malmström is trying to accelerate the ratification of Ecuador’s planned accession to the 2012 free trade agreement between the EU and Peru and Colombia by asking the member states to fast track their decision. The move was made ahead of a visit to Brussels by Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas and its Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador Juan Carlos …

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CJEU: Advocate General slams 2015 Morocco trade agreement ruling

The EU Council has increased its chances to win an appeal against a ruling by the General Court in December 2015 that invalidated a 2012 EU trade agreement with Morocco because it purportedly did not take into account human rights considerations in the territory of Western Sahara.   The Advocate General’s opinion released today …

Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean

Spanish and French MEPs on collision course with Commission over Ecuador banana stabilization mechanism

Bananas only interest a minority of trade aficionados. And Latin American bananas even less. But these tend to be the source of major international legal and political conflicts involving the EU. That was the case in the WTO in the 1990s and 2000s when Central Americans and Ecuador sued the EU, …