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EU Australia FTA: Labour and environmental issues come into focus

Compared to the ongoing free trade agreement negotiation process with New Zealand, the European Union’s trade talks with Australia are advancing slowly. It’s clear Brussels and Canberra are taking the time they need to bridge wide gaps in the way they conceive some international trade and investment issues. One of …

Agriculture Australia & New Zealand Latest news United States

Oceania, US cheese producers riled by new Danish Havarti cheese protection

A Danish cheese is at the centre of the latest international controversy over EU policy on Geographical Indications. A European Commission committee has cleared the way for ‘Havarti’ – a semi-soft Danish cow’s milk cheese – to be recognised as a Protected Geographical Indication, joining almost 3,400 other regional products …

Agriculture Australia & New Zealand Internal EU politics Latest news Mercosur

New EU agriculture coalition turns its fire on FTAs

A cross-sector coalition of agricultural industry groups has launched a new body dedicated to protecting European agricultural markets by focusing mainly on concerns over production standards in exporting countries. The Alliance for the Defence of European Agriculture – ADEA – was created in Brussels late last week, bringing together farm …

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WTO case against new EU biofuels regime under way, say sources

“It will come. And soon,” a source close to the Indonesian government said when asked if and when Jakarta would file a dispute at the World Trade Organization in response to the EU’s new rules on biofuel mixes being released today (21 May). Tuesday was the final act of a …

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Week in Brussels: Andean community, EU-US cheese GIs war, Singapore FTA in Karlsruhe

This column was written with input from Chris Horseman. This has been an eventful week, with EU-US trade frictions, e-commerce, Mercosur, the Energy Charter Treaty, Australia and New Zealand,  and WTO fish talks featuring high on the agenda. Below are other notable developments. Andean countries safeguard commodities exports to UK …