EU trade policies

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 …

Foreign subsidy - regulation and cases Latest news

Romania solar foreign subsidies case: Chinese intra-corporate subsidy channels in focus

In its first formal in-depth investigation into a non-European Union bidder on a public tender under a new foreign subsidies regulation, the European Commission has chosen to focus on what it conceives as a disproportionate amount of government funds received by the companies back home compared to the size 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 …

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Letta calls for economic security focus, easier trade pact ratifications

The EU should simplify the ratification process of its trade agreements and avoid so-called “mixed” agreements. This is only one of the specific trade policy recommendations included in a wider on the future of the single market by former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta commissioned by the Belgian presidency of …

EU UK Dispute Settlement FTA dispute settlement Latest news

EU triggers TCA dispute settlement mechanism in row over UK fishing ban

The European Commission initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United Kingdom over a British ban on fishing for sandeel in UK waters.  The European Union’s move was announced today in Brussels.   It represents the first time that either side has made use of the dispute settlement provisions under the EU-UK …

A week in Brussels Energy Charter Treaty Latest news Mercosur

Week in Brussels: Energy Charter Treaty, Mercosur, South Asia, China 

The European Union institutions agreed to extend unilateral liberalisation of trade with Ukraine for another year from June, but at the cost of stricter safeguards on agricultural imports.   The European Commission also launched a preliminary investigation under the EU’s foreign subsidies regulation into subsidies received by certain Chinese wind turbine firms.   …

China Foreign subsidy - regulation and cases Latest news

Foreign subsidies regulation China solar and wind cases: The next steps 

The European Commission is suddenly rolling out on a grand scale a new regulation seeking to clamp down on distortions created in the European Union single market by foreign companies investing in Europe.   The Foreign Subsidies Regulation started operating in October 2023. Six months on, the action the regulation’s unofficial …

Agriculture Latest news Ukraine

European Parliament committee backs curbs on Ukraine agriculture imports 

The European Parliament’s trade committee approved an inter-institutional agreement which would restrict agricultural imports from Ukraine from June.  Parliamentarians backed a deal reached between the parliament and European Union member states yesterday which extends the EU’s current liberalisation measures with Ukraine for another twelve months from 6 June.