Environment, labour, human rights – regulations

Australia & New Zealand Deforestation EU FTAs & bilateral ties Japan LatAm & Caribbean Latest news

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 …

Agriculture CSDDD & forced labour Latest news Ukraine

MEPs approve Ukraine trade legislation, forced labour ban

The European Parliament voted in favour of amending and extending EU liberalisation of agriculture imports from Ukraine at the price of tougher safeguards in a plenary session in Strasbourg today. Parliamentarians also backed the final version of legislation agreed with EU member states that is intended to prevent imports of …

A week in Brussels Critical minerals MoUs EU Carbon Border Measure Latest news SSAfrica

Week in Brussels: EU summit, CBAM, Namibia, India GIs, Singapore, ISDS reform 

European Union leaders discussed relations with Türkiye and the bloc’s competitiveness. The European Commission published reports on its current negotiations with India on a geographical indications agreement and a digital trade agreement with Singapore.   There were also insights on how Namibian stakeholders views the country’s memorandum of understanding with …

Australia & New Zealand Deforestation Energy Charter Treaty Foreign subsidy - regulation and cases Latest news United States

Week in Brussels: EU-US, foreign subsidies, New Zealand, deforestation, ECT benefit denial

The week leading up to the Easter weekend is usually a quiet one in Brussels. But there were plenty of developments to keep trade watchers occupied, notably a council agreement on Ukrainian grain imports, confirmation of the date for the entry into force of the EU-New Zealand trade agreement, and a …

A week in Brussels Chile CSDDD & forced labour Latest news Switzerland Ukraine

Week in Brussels: Chile, Switzerland, due diligence, forced labour, Ukraine

It was another busy week of voting in Brussels, as lawmakers continued to finalise the remaining legislation before the break for the European Union elections in June. This week also saw the launch of trade negotiations with the Philippines, a provisional agreement on rules governing Ukrainian agriculture imports and a proposal …

A week in Brussels CSDDD & forced labour Customs, RoOs Latest news Switzerland

Week in Brussels: Switzerland, forced labour, customs 

This week European Union institutions have been finalising what remains of the bloc’s packed legislative agenda before the elections in June.   The European Parliament approved the inter-institutional agreement on new forced labour legislation and adopted its position on the EU’s proposed new overhaul of its customs regime.   Parliamentarians also ratified …

CSDDD & forced labour Latest news

Flash: Push to get CSDDD, forced labour regulation over finish line

EU institutions are in a rush to finalise flagship legislation aiming to reduce industrial supply chain exposure to human rights abuses an environmental damages. The Belgian EU presidency hopes to announce an agreement of ambassadors to the EU tomorrow, Friday 8 March on the corpororate sustainability due diligence directive known …