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EU Vietnam FTA: Civil society, parliament debate rages on human rights record

Three and a half years after the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, legislators and civil society in Brussels are still at odds over whether the EU institutions are doing all they can to ensure that Hanoi upholds its commitments on human and labour rights. Pointing fingers …

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Week in Brussels: South Korea, Vietnam, consumers on data flows

Due to the All Saints holiday, activity has been fairly subdued on the trade beat in Brussels. Such holiday weeks are generally a good opportunity for leaders to travel. European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis has been touring Asia, whereas the international trade committee of the European Parliament was in …

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Week in Brussels: New USTR man in town, Australia, Vietnam DAG, Japan GIs

This week in Brussels began with the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing and ended with a meeting yesterday afternoon (28 September) of the Joint Coordination Platform which discussed how Ukraine was going to control exports of grain into the EU – with no visible outcome at …

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Week in Brussels: China, Vietnam, steel safeguard

The securitisation of EU trade and investment policy is advancing. This week the European Commission announced it would look into tighter investment screening rules and potential outbound investment controls. Its planned anti-coercion instrument is also moving forward. And the debate on the Energy Charter Treaty is not abating. More on …

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Week in Brussels: EU Vietnam civil society meet, Russian birch plywood, Euromed impact

This week’s trade minister meeting in Brussels was a rather grumpy family gathering ahead of ‘decision time’ for small but strategic trade agreements with Chile (lithium anyone?), New Zealand and Australia. Here are some other interesting developments. EU and Vietnam hold their first FTA civil society group meetings The first …

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MEPs to keep China, Vietnam investment and trade agreements under human rights watch

The European Parliament released a series of motions for resolutions on human rights in foreign countries this week. Two could have direct consequences for existing EU investment and trade agreements if MEPs consider that the human rights situation in the relevant countries is deteriorating. China investment deal ratification tied to …