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Week in Brussels: Movement on Mexico, Korea labour dispute, Uzbekistan

It’s been a pretty packed week. Here other low-key but important developments in EU trade policy. EU Mexico FTA stirrings The EU and Mexico had concluded negotiations towards the modernisation of a twenty year old free trade agreement in April 2018. But that agreement ‘in principle’ left the parties with …

Cambodia GSP, GSP Plus, EBA Latest news Social & human rights

Cambodian footwear, apparel, sugar face EU duty free status suspension

The European Commission has circulated initial proposals to an ‘expert group’ on the extent of suspensions of duty-free-quota-free export rights it currently grants to Cambodia. Apparel, footwear, travel goods and sugar from the fast-growing South East Asian country are among the products that will face the reintroduction of duties and …

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Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China

E-commerce negotiators gear up for intense first half of 2020 After a stock-taking meeting in Geneva early this week, negotiators involved in the plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce decided there would be a ministerial meeting on the talks in January 2020 at the annual global elite meeting in Davos. The Davos …

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Comment: Mercosur – a dialogue of the deaf?

On Wednesday the European Parliament held a snap debate on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement and whether it was compatible with the Green Deal announced by Commission von der Leyen. The Mercosur text’s examination and ratification process have not yet started. Said text is not yet even entirely consolidated. Yet the …

EU Climate, Environment, Labour, Human Rights Indonesia Latest news WTO dispute settlement

Indonesia’s WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it

It took Indonesia a long time to move from threat to action: but now we have the complaint filed by Jakarta  against the European Union’s REDII directive in its relation to imported biofuels. The Indonesian complaint also targets  France’s tax exemptions for biofuels – which do not cover biodiesel based …

EU Climate, Environment, Labour, Human Rights Latest news

Europe’s new Green Deal: the trade policy dimension

Brussels has eagerly been waiting for the new European Commission’s ‘Green Deal, a flagship initiative announced by its new president Ursula von der Leyen. Coordinated by Vice President Frans Timmermans, the new compact of measures aims to bring together various strands of EU policy to fulfil the EU’s goal to …

EU Climate, Environment, Labour, Human Rights Latest news WTO Fish

WTO fisheries subsidies: Hopes of a deal persist as public pressure grows

WTO member governments have “never been closer” to an agreement to curb harmful subsidies to the fishing industry than they are at present – but there is absolutely no guarantee of a multilateral deal being done by the end-year deadline. This, in essence, was the message presented by speakers at …

Beyond Brussels EU Climate, Environment, Labour, Human Rights Latest news

Beyond Brussels: New Zealand-led group launches environmental goods and services trade pact

An initiative to liberalise trade in ‘green’ goods and services, and to end subsidies on fossil fuels, has been launched by a small group of countries at this week’s UN General Assembly in New York. The initiative, led by New Zealand, is intended to show that trade policy can serve …