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Week in Brussels: Angola, Ghana, ECT, Chinese subsidies in steel wind towers and glass fiber

That was a big week in EU policy.  There was an intense European Parliament plenary session during which legislation that will affect trade policy and transatlantic or EU China relations, namely the Digital Markets and Digital Services act as well as the International Procurement Instrument. But there have been other …

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ECJ puts paid to intra-EU Energy Charter Treaty investor-state arbitration

The European Court of Justice declared in a judgment on Thursday (2 September) that the investor-state arbitration system under the Energy Charter Treaty is not applicable within the European Union. This effectively puts an end to ECT arbitration within the EU and will significantly increase the pressure on the ongoing …

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Week in Brussels: Vaccines, China, CAI, Taiwan, Energy Charter Treaty

As widely anticipated, the European Union extended on Thursday its export authorisation scheme for COVID-19 vaccines produced by firms with a procurement contract from the EU until the end of June 2021. The move comes amidst controversies over who among the continental EU and the ‘Anglos’ are greater vaccine nationalists. …

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ECJ Advocate General: Intra-EU Energy Charter Treaty investor-state arbitration is illegal

The European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Szpunar opined that the investor-state arbitration system under the Energy Charter Treaty is not applicable within the European Union. This will further increase the pressure on the ongoing ECT modernisation process and might very well herald the end of the ECT within the EU.