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Von der Leyen calls on Xi to address industrial overcapacity

The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen warned her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to address Beijing’s manufacturing overcapacity and swingeing subsidies. Speaking following a trilateral meeting in Paris with presidents Xi and Emmanuel Macron of France, von der Leyen said that she “encouraged the Chinese government to …

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Week in Brussels: New Zealand, Central America, agriculture ministers, deforestation, Japan

On Wednesday two new EU trade agreements entered into force. But some industry voices remain dissatisfied with the bloc’s trade agenda and are calling for the swift conclusion of ongoing trade negotiations. Also this week, some EU member states said they wanted to delay the introduction of the EU’s deforestation …

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China crackdown: Brussels launches first medical devices procurement investigation 

The European Commission launched its first investigation under the European Union’s new International Procurement Instrument, a new regulation that came into force in 2022.   The move is part of a wider crackdown on Chinese companies in the EU market which Brussels considers excessively supported or protected by their home government. 

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Lange: We have a more integrated perspective on trade policy 

Bernd Lange served as chair of the European Parliament’s international trade committee for two terms. In an in-depth conversation with Iana Dreyer, he discussed what changes to EU trade policy occurred under his tenure in this pivotal position, where he sees future relationships with the United States and China – …

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Foreign subsidies regulation China solar and wind cases: The next steps 

The European Commission is suddenly rolling out on a grand scale a new regulation seeking to clamp down on distortions created in the European Union single market by foreign companies investing in Europe.   The Foreign Subsidies Regulation started operating in October 2023. Six months on, the action the regulation’s unofficial …

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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.