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EU trashes Chinese standards on foreign waste

China must give exporters more time to adjust to 11 new environmental protection control standards for imported solid waste as raw materials, the EU says. Governments got just 30 days to comment on the proposed changes, which were to enter into force on 1 March, and exporters had only 14 …

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Mercosur in German NGO limelight

The EU is in the final stages of free trade negotiations with the South American bloc Mercosur. It is readying for the adoption of a new trade agreement with Japan and Vietnam. Anti trade agreement campaign groups have recently stepped up their activities to fight these agreements.   A joint …

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TACD says yes to regulatory cooperation – but not in TTIP

With noises in the background indicating that Washington and Brussels are hoping to revive the currently halted TTIP negotiations, a fresh position paper released by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of over 75 US and EU consumer organisations, has chipped into the process, arguing that in light of “vanishing citizens’ trust in trade …

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EU African EPAs in limbo

The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements – or EPAs – with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies. African countries are also currently prioritising continent-wide regional integration. By Iana Dreyer.