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Ingredients for a climate-friendly trade policy

UC Berkeley economist Joseph Shapiro is of the view that trade policy is “sending the wrong price signal” by bolstering trade in dirty goods in comparison to cleaner products, especially in Europe. Speaking to Borderlex’s Sarah Anne Aarup, Shapiro said that rather than raising trade barriers on dirty goods, focusing …

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WTO Corner: G20 trade meet, EU organic farming, Macao joins MPIA

It’s another busy week in World Trade Organization affairs. Today, a second round of ‘confessionals’ begins. It will lead to the de-selection of three further candidates to the post of director-general. Last week three candidates were de-selected from an original list of eight. Below, a selection of other notable WTO-related …

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WTO Corner: Brussels appeals into void in Russia case, EU steel safeguard goes to court

MPIA state of play EU appeals ‘into void’ in Russia anti-dumping dispute To many, the move will seem highly ironic. The EU is not pleased with a July WTO panel ruling regarding anti-dumping duties on ammonium nitrate and steel pipes in a case filed by Russia – so it is …

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EU faces appeal dilemma after anti-dumping method loss at WTO against Russia

On Friday a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel established at the behest of Russia ruled that the European Union’s ‘cost adjustment methodology’ relating to how it accounts for raw material input costs on exports of products it deems ‘dumped’ was not compliant with the global trade rule-book. The ruling …

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Elizabeth Truss: WTO should not over-reach

Britain’s international trade secretary told participants in a webinar hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics that the UK would pursuing first and foremost its regulatory sovereignty. That might not come as a surprise. But Elizabeth’s Truss’ statements made today offer a rare full articulation of the latest government …

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EU healthcare aims for WTO elicit no enthusiasm at Ottawa Group

The European Union tabled a “concept paper” on health to a group of like-minded World Trade Organization members called the Ottawa Group. The EU aims to avoid medical supply shortages as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in similar situations in future. But it didn’t get the traction it had hoped …