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Mercosur FTA: EU readies for environmental annex

The centre-left Socialists and Democrats group want the European Parliament to be involved in scrutinising the additional instrument on sustainability which will be attached to the EU-Mercosur trade agreement. Speaking in a meeting of the parliament’s delegation to Brazil on Thursday (10 November), Kathleen Van Brempt, who also sits on …

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IPI: MEPs concede in clause that would have diminished foreign influence in capitals

In a few weeks or months the European Union will have a new regulation in place that aims at fostering ‘reciprocity’ in public procurement markets. French minister for trade Franck Riester, who led trilogue talks on behalf of the French presidency of the Council, announced triumphantly that, with the political …

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process for the EU to engage with a beneficiary country which is at risk of having its preferential tariffs withdrawn.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