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Week in Brussels: GSP drama, Canada, EU-New Zealand deal, Sri Lanka, anti-coercion, Moldova, Switzerland

This week marked the final days of the Swedish presidency of the council before it hands over to Spain on 1 July. On Tuesday the European Commission and Sweden announced – to much fanfare – the council’s agreement to move forward with the signature of the EU-New Zealand trade agreement, …

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Philippines eyes EU FTA negotiation resumption by year-end

Filipino trade minister Alberto Pascual expects trade talks between Manila and the EU to recommence in 2023. Pascual, who met European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis on Monday (26 June) as part of a three-week five-country visit to boost investment in the country, told a small group of journalists yesterday …

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ASEAN: An afterthought in EU trade policy?

There’s about one year to go before its top leadership gets renewed. Yet the European Commission risks missing out on the early harvest it reaped in its free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN members in the first years of this legislature, writes Iana Dreyer.   The EU’s executive is trying …

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A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China

This week in EU trade was marked by a first substantive round of trade negotiations with Chile, as well as a meeting of the EU Korea trade committee dominated by EU recriminations against Korean beef import restrictions and one of its labour union laws. Otherwise it’s been report and data …

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In brief: Sri Lanka gets GSP+ back, Philippines fears losing it

Sri Lanka regained its lost ‘GSP Plus’ status on Friday (19 May 2017).   The country lost the preferential market access status in 2010 following government human right abuses in the context of its crackdown on the Tamil Tiger rebellion.   Since 2015, the new government under Ranil Wickremesinghe has fought hard …