This is the last Week in Brussels column of the year 2022. The column will resume in January. The latest developments in EU trade policy brought to you by Rob Francis (mostly) and Iana Dreyer (some of it). A happy festive season to our readers!
GSP, GSP Plus, EBA
The Czech EU presidency managed to finalise another trade policy file today: that pertaining to the ongoing revision of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences.
There is no reason why the EU and the Philippines should not conclude a free trade agreement, says Manilla’s vice-minister in charge of industry, development and trade policy Ceferino Rodolfo.
The European Commission warned developing countries benefitting from the EU’s preferential trading scheme that their reapplication to the future version of ‘GSP Plus’ will depend on their “track record” of implementing international conventions related to core human and labour rights.
As everyone awaits what will happen to the Energy Charter Treaty today, here some notable developments in EU trade policy this week, on top of the fact that member states have found common ground on the coming anti-coercion instrument.
It took three and a half years for the General Court in Luxembourg to rule that a now-lapsed three-year safeguard on imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar was illegal. EU judges in essence said that the European Commission had not defined the allegedly hurt industry appropriately, that it …
This being a holiday week, it’s proven a good moment for many to take stock and look ahead on existing trade arrangements between the EU and emerging markets.
It’s been another big week in EU trade. The European Parliament has now a position on carbon border adjustment, and climate and labour conditionality in free trade agreements is about to get much much tougher. But there are even more big news – as seen below. By Rob Francis and …
The European Parliament is set to enter into negotiations with the EU member states on the revised Generalised Scheme of Preferences on the basis of the report adopted in the institution’s international trade committee on 3 May.
The European Parliament’s international trade committee today (3 May) voted to add three additional core international labour and human rights conventions to the list that countries would need to ratify in order to benefit from the tariff removals or reductions foreseen in the EU’s revised future Generalised Scheme of Preferences.