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Malmström: We need to nurture our trade relationships with allies

Former EU trade commissioner and non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Cecilia Malmström sat down with Borderlex’s Rob Francis and Iana Dreyer to discuss some of the latest shifts in European Union trade policy. Below, excerpts from the conversation on the EU’s shift to ‘open strategic …

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Semiconductors: Von der Leyen promises “diversification among like-minded partners”

Plans towards a European Chips Act are maturing. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced a new regulation mirroring similarly named recent United States legislation will be tabled as soon as early February. Brussels’ move in the semiconductor sector heralds a much more politically controlled approach to supply chain …

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Macron wades into commercial policy debate in European Parliament

French president Emmanuel Macron today called on the European institutions to publish and finalise future legislation on corporate due diligence for sustainability purposes and the planned ban on products made with forced labour “as soon as possible”. During a lengthy and wide-ranging address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the …

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Foreign subsidies regulation: Hansen report seeks to minimise international friction

The rapporteur on the coming new EU legislation aimed at tackling distortive foreign subsidies Christophe Hansen presented his draft report on Thursday (13 January) at a hearing that included French trade minister Franck Riester. The rapporteur wants to go fast. He also tabled amendments that seek to minimise international frictions …

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GSP: Hautala report calls for streamlined benefit withdrawal procedures

The European Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Commission’s revision of its Generalised Scheme of Preferences is proposing a one-year ‘enhanced engagement’ process for the EU to engage with a beneficiary country which is at risk of having its preferential tariffs withdrawn. In her report amending the proposal, Finnish Green MEP Heidi …