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Macron wades into commercial policy debate in European Parliament

French president Emmanuel Macron today called on the European institutions to publish and finalise future legislation on corporate due diligence for sustainability purposes and the planned ban on products made with forced labour “as soon as possible”. During a lengthy and wide-ranging address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the …

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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engagement’ process for the EU to engage with a beneficiary country which is at risk of having its preferential tariffs withdrawn.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 …

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Lange: Nobody would accept a WTO that does not deliver a response to the pandemic

Iana Dreyer and Robert Francis talked to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee Chair Bernd Lange on what’s next for transatlantic relations and for the World Trade Organisation. He also shared views on the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism and Generalised System of Preferences. We are now several months into …

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EU-US trade: European Parliament report calls for cooperation despite tensions

The European Parliament today adopted a non-legislative report on EU-US relations which emphasises the importance of “reinvigorating” the trade relationship and strengthening the multilateral trading system whilst calling for “renewed cooperation that should bring lasting and concrete results in the years to come.”

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MEPs sharpen up their positions on the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism

In today’s first public exchange of views in the European Parliament on the European Commission’s proposed carbon border adjustment measure, MEPs raised issues related to competitiveness and jobs, the timeline for phasing out free allocation of emissions, the sectors covered by the proposal, and export rebates.

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European Parliament adopts its views on post COVID-19 trade

The European Parliament repeated – among others its call for a constructive dialogue on a temporary waiver from the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and criticised ongoing export restrictions by vaccine producing countries, including the EU, in a report adopted on Tuesday evening (6 July …

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Week in Brussels: EP TRIPS waiver, CETA architects, CETA dairy, Saudi US MEG

With trade relations with the United States and United Kingdom – via Northern Ireland – in focus this week, it’s easy to get distracted. So here other notable developments in EU trade policy this week: EP TRIPS waiver politics, MRA for architects with Canada, Canada dairy, new anti-dumping duties on …