The European Parliament voted on the high-profile Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence directive. The voting contest involved extra last-minute centre-right amendments in plenary. The single one adopted in the end could, if it survives inter-institutional negotiations, make it harder to sue company directors.
EU trade policies
Comment: TTC 4 addresses some recent transatlantic crises over tech, green subsidies
The fourth meeting of the EU-US mega-talk shop called the Trade and Technology Council in Sweden has, in the eyes of most observers, been the most productive of them all so far. Although it hasn’t delivered on some big-ticket items, a slew of small deals and initiatives start revealing its …
EU-US TTC 4’s sustainability agenda: what it includes
The European Union and the United States established a joint work programme under the Transatlantic Initiative on Sustainable Trade – TIST – during the fourth meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council in Luleå, Sweden. The TTC participants also agreed on a number of recommendations to eliminate forced labour. …
Ukraine agriculture safeguard prolongation tussle continues
EU agriculture commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that he backs a prolongation to the current rules which prevent Ukrainian grain from entering five EU member states and being placed on their markets. But he faces resistance.
Opinion: Another tomorrow for transatlantic tech rivalry
The ongoing Trade and Technology Council is not useless. Its promise rather goes beyond the current generation of bilateral irritants. Such longtermism can hold its value in a policy climate where local politics and Indo-Pacific take precedence over global trade and Europe, write Hosuk Lee-Makiyama and Robin Baker.
Week in Brussels: EU Korea summit, Ukraine, Lithuania and more.
This has been a dense week in EU trade, with US relationships, Ukraine and Switzerland dominating the picture. But there’s a lot of other things going on….
TTC 4 expected deliverables: technical standards, sustainability and ‘China issues’
Brussels and Washington will announce a slew of small-scale deals at next week’s EU-US trade and Technology Council in Luleå Sweden.
FAC Trade: Critical raw materials mandate, China dialogue, Ukraine safeguard
EU trade ministers gathered today for one of their twice-yearly meetings in Brussels. Whilst often these meetings are a mere information exchange mechanism, this gathering yielded a few concrete decisions.
Perspectives: Making sense of economic security
G7 leaders agreed a wide-ranging statement on economic resilience and economic security at their recent summit in Japan. The breadth of issues put under this heading contents is a problem and risks simply becoming a laundry list of concerns about China. The European Commission, preparing its own communication on the …
EU, Switzerland stare at self imposed June deadline to relaunch bilateral talks
The recent launch of United Kingdom-Switzerland negotiations to upgrade a bilateral agreement inherited from the former’s time as EU member and elections in 2024 are instilling a sense of urgency in Brussels about the need to get stalled bilateral negotiations with its Helvetic neighbour back on track.