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EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?

The European Commission published the bulk of the text of the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in early December last year.   Below some highlights of the pact and some comments – result of your truly’s Christmas break reading. The deal favours significantly EU exporters and is relatively unambitious in services.

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Comment: Labour mobility – EU neighbourhood policy’s new approach wrong-footed

Ahead of important EU meetings this week, namely the Riga Summit with Eastern partners and a new round of trade talks with Morocco, here a long-read on why one of the cornerstones of the EU’s neighbourhood policy overhaul – to limit migration – is flawed economically, politically, and morally.  The text explains why the EU must be much …

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CETA: Regulated professions empowered to mutually recognise qualifications

[sh_light_text ]Much has been written this summer on the investor-to-state dispute settlement provisions in the Canada EU free trade deal (CETA). Whereas the media has been fixated on this specific controversy, the trade community seems to have missed out on one very interesting development for EU trade policy: for the first time, a Canadian lawyer, …

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News update: Take-aways from last week’s TiSA talks

By Iana Dreyer and Jennifer Freedman   Governments involved in negotiations to liberalise trade in services (TiSA)  reported significant progress during the seventh round of negotiations in Geneva last week. But the actual extent of substantial market liberalisation the countries eventually agree still remains uncertain.   Though technical and commercially-focused, …