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Week in Brussels: Palestine, trade defence, EU elections, wine 

There are just two weeks left until the European Union’s elections. But where do the main political groups stand on trade policy?   Also this week, a Palestinian non-governmental organization is lobbying for tighter economic restrictions on trade with Israel and the occupied territories, there were more trade defence developments …

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Commission ends anti-subsidy probe after companies pull out of bid 

Is a pattern emerging? The European Commission closed its anti-subsidy investigation into two consortia linked to China after the two bidders pulled out of a project to run a solar energy park in Romania.  This is the second time that Chinese companies targeted by a probe under the European Unions’s …

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Von der Leyen calls on Xi to address industrial overcapacity

The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen warned her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to address Beijing’s manufacturing overcapacity and swingeing subsidies. Speaking following a trilateral meeting in Paris with presidents Xi and Emmanuel Macron of France, von der Leyen said that she “encouraged the Chinese government to …

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China crackdown: Brussels launches first medical devices procurement investigation 

The European Commission launched its first investigation under the European Union’s new International Procurement Instrument, a new regulation that came into force in 2022.   The move is part of a wider crackdown on Chinese companies in the EU market which Brussels considers excessively supported or protected by their home government. 

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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 …

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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 …

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Week in Brussels: TTC, foreign subsidies, Uzbek critical minerals deal

Trade policy in the European Union was dominated by the 6th – and possibly final – ministerial meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council. Our roundup of the key outcomes is below. Brussels also launched two new investigations into Chinese solar power firms under the bloc’s foreign subsidies regulation.

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Week in Brussels: EU-US, foreign subsidies, New Zealand, deforestation, ECT benefit denial

The week leading up to the Easter weekend is usually a quiet one in Brussels. But there were plenty of developments to keep trade watchers occupied, notably a council agreement on Ukrainian grain imports, confirmation of the date for the entry into force of the EU-New Zealand trade agreement, and a …

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 EU China TDI update: AS investigation into boom lifts, definitive PET duties

The European Commission initiated a new anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese exports to the European Union of ‘mobile access equipment’ –  in other words, articulated boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical masts and sections of and related parts and components.