A week in Brussels

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Week in Brussels: China, circumvention, Türkiye, economic forecast 

The week in trade has been dominated by the United States’ announcement that it will substantially increase tariffs on some Chinese goods, including electric vehicles. The European Commission said it will now “closely study these tariffs and any impact they may have on the EU”. More on that below.  Also …

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Week in Brussels: EU summit, CBAM, Namibia, India GIs, Singapore, ISDS reform 

European Union leaders discussed relations with Türkiye and the bloc’s competitiveness. The European Commission published reports on its current negotiations with India on a geographical indications agreement and a digital trade agreement with Singapore.   There were also insights on how Namibian stakeholders views the country’s memorandum of understanding with …

A week in Brussels Energy Charter Treaty Latest news Mercosur

Week in Brussels: Energy Charter Treaty, Mercosur, South Asia, China 

The European Union institutions agreed to extend unilateral liberalisation of trade with Ukraine for another year from June, but at the cost of stricter safeguards on agricultural imports.   The European Commission also launched a preliminary investigation under the EU’s foreign subsidies regulation into subsidies received by certain Chinese wind turbine firms.   …

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Week in Brussels: TTC, foreign subsidies, Uzbek critical minerals deal

Trade policy in the European Union was dominated by the 6th – and possibly final – ministerial meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council. Our roundup of the key outcomes is below. Brussels also launched two new investigations into Chinese solar power firms under the bloc’s foreign subsidies regulation.

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Week in Brussels: Chile, Switzerland, due diligence, forced labour, Ukraine

It was another busy week of voting in Brussels, as lawmakers continued to finalise the remaining legislation before the break for the European Union elections in June. This week also saw the launch of trade negotiations with the Philippines, a provisional agreement on rules governing Ukrainian agriculture imports and a proposal …

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Week in Brussels: Switzerland, forced labour, customs 

This week European Union institutions have been finalising what remains of the bloc’s packed legislative agenda before the elections in June.   The European Parliament approved the inter-institutional agreement on new forced labour legislation and adopted its position on the EU’s proposed new overhaul of its customs regime.   Parliamentarians also ratified …

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Week in Brussels: ECT exit, Moldova too, EU Japan data flows, Malaysia on WTO ruling

It’s been a big week for the big supply chain sustainability pieces of legislation of the soon-ending von der Leyen European Commission. A trilogue deal on forced labour was inked, and Coreper might well also endorse a watered-down version of the CSDDD corporate sustainability due diligence legislation today. It’s also …

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Week in Brussels: Protecting EU infrastructure, CSDDD, Chile, Kenya, SADC

While the world waits for an outcome to the 13th WTO ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi this week – which has gone overtime – here are other news not so much from Brussels than from Strasbourg.. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen talked tough on hostile foreign actors being …