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Week in Brussels: Bruegel warning, Weyand, fertilisers, Kenya, Japan 

This European Union trade week has been dominated by the coming into force of provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles, which are due to apply from today. The China Chamber of Commerce called the tariff hike a “politically-driven trade protectionist move”.  In other news, a leading Brussels think tank published …

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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 …

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Week in Brussels: Protecting EU infrastructure, CSDDD, Chile, Kenya, SADC

While the world waits for an outcome to the 13th WTO ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi this week – which has gone overtime – here are other news not so much from Brussels than from Strasbourg.. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen talked tough on hostile foreign actors being …

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Week in Brussels: Mercosur, China, single market, Moldova, MC13

This week was dominated by the publication of the European Commission’s Economic Security Strategy on Wednesday. The European Parliament’s trade committee also waved through three separate agreements covering trade and investment. But is there still scope for the EU-Mercosur deal to be finalised in this mandate? And how did Chinese …

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European Commission aims to make FDI screening mandatory

The European Commission has released a long-anticipated package aiming at enhancing what it terms its “economic security”. Today’s package includes one single concrete legislative proposal to amend an existing regulation on foreign direct investment screening. Other proposals on dual-use exports and potentially screening outbound investments are still in an early …