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Week in Brussels: Germany set for CETA, CBAM controversy, Pakistan, Kazakhstan

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 …

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GSP regulation: INTA vote seeks to strengthen human rights dimension

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.

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EU continues to chide Bangladesh labour practices

The European Commission remains concerned about Bangladesh’s commitments to align its labour laws with international standards as required under the conditions of its current trading relationship with the EU, despite the country successfully ratifying relevant International Labour Conventions linked to forced labour and the minimum working age.

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Week in Brussels: anti-coercion, CBAM, GSP

We’ve had an intense week in trade policy. That included a bumper international trade committee meeting, where existing leadership – chair and vice-chairs – were re-elected without much of a fuss. We published what we consider the key stories coming out of the meeting on due diligence and forced labour …

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GSP: Hautala report calls for streamlined benefit withdrawal procedures

The European Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Commission’s revision of its Generalised Scheme of Preferences is proposing a one-year ‘enhanced engagement’ process for the EU to engage with a beneficiary country which is at risk of having its preferential tariffs withdrawn. In her report amending the proposal, Finnish Green MEP Heidi …