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Week in Brussels: Angola, Ghana, ECT, Chinese subsidies in steel wind towers and glass fiber

That was a big week in EU policy.  There was an intense European Parliament plenary session during which legislation that will affect trade policy and transatlantic or EU China relations, namely the Digital Markets and Digital Services act as well as the International Procurement Instrument. But there have been other …

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EU and Angola kick-start negotiations on investment promotion agreement

Negotiations between the EU and Angola to improve the latter’s investment climate and diversify its economy kicked off today via video conference. The ‘sustainable investment facilitation agreement’ would be the first of its kind and aim to facilitate investment conditions by enhancing transparency, simplifying procedures, particularly for SMEs, and enhancing …

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Opinion: Post-Cotonou agreement trade provisions are shockingly asymmetrical

The European Union and the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries concluded negotiations to update the framework agreement that shapes their political and economic relationships on Thursday (15 April 2021). This post-Cotonou agreement is all about political cooperation on anything ranging from human rights to migration to ‘peace and …

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AfCFTA leaders wary of fragmentation from bilateral EU EPAs, US deals  

Covid-19 has disrupted the African Continental Free Trade Agreement launch and negotiations, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga said during a webinar by Friends of Europe on Thursday (19 November). African Union leaders are also calling for better alignment between the new continental trading zone and bilateral …