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Week in Brussels: China deal furore, US suspends French digital tax duties, chides Italian taxes

This has been overall quiet and very cold week on the Brussels trade beat. Trade negotiators appear to have taken a bit of a breather after their Christmas break was upended due to historic trade and investment agreements with the United Kingdom and China being concluded at the very last …

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Week in Brussels: Cyber, Ireland, Paris Agreement, Netherlands, cocoa

If you think a second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns is nigh, think twice: trade policy activity has never been so busy since European Union countries shut down or went into slow motion last March to await the passing of the pandemic at home. Online or offline: a lot is happening! …

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EU dual-use export control regime overhaul makes headway

European institutions hope they can soon finalise long drawn-out negotiations to expand the scope of the European Union’s 2009 dual-use item export control regulation to cover cyber-surveillance and human rights abuses. The latest version of the regulation foresees room to introduce restrictions on exports in emerging technologies.

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EU business wants ‘positive agenda’ with US – as Schrems II throws new spanners in transatlantic works

Today’s judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the 2016 Privacy Shield in force with the United States is throwing further spans in the works of the increasingly tense transatlantic relationship. “Unfortunately, the impact on EU-US trade relations is going to be huge,” reckons Peter Chase, …