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EU study raises procurement, TRQ concerns in EU-Andean agreement

EU companies face obstacles in accessing government procurement tenders in the three Andean counties in South America, despite a regional trade agreement between the EU and the three states which entered into force ten years ago, according to a new study contracted by the European Commission. The study also said …

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UK braced for trade dispute with EU over wind turbine procurement

The European Commission is considering taking legal action against the United Kingdom over local content requirements in a flagship green energy contract scheme. Although no decision has yet been taken by the Commission, the EU executive has long been known to be unhappy about a programme which it sees as …

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An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?

Trade sniping out of Washington just doesn’t seem to be ending. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the White House was mulling pulling out of the Government Procurement Agreement, a preferential accord among a subset of mostly rich-country members of the World Trade Organization. China and Russia are in the process of …

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Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world

The European Commission no longer seems to trust global norms, fora or rule-making negotiations to uphold its interests in digital, competition, industry and trade policy. In fact many norms hardly exist and won’t likely emerge so quickly. The EU’s executive arm has been rethinking its policy toolkit and is seeking …

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UK strikes deal to join WTO government procurement accord

The UK has secured an agreement in principle that it can accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement once it leaves the EU next year, overcoming a range of concerns among other WTO members in the process. Borderlex learned about the deal today following the Committee on Government …

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British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely

The UK must wait at least another month to learn the fate of its bid to accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement post-Brexit, after the latest meeting of member countries in Geneva failed to approve its accession bid. There are no fundamental obstacles to the UK’s request …

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EP: What trade committee members want from China

A read through amendments tabled by trade committee members in preparation of a report on and trip to China highlights Europe’s divisions vis-à-vis the Asian country. One of the few areas of consensus is support for Taiwan.   A delegation of European parliamentarians is in China this week to assess EU-China …