The Transpacific Partnerhip (TPP) involving the United States and eleven other Asia-Pacific countries might be concluded this week. Trade pundits say now is the time for the EU to think big on its Asian market access strategy. Iana Dreyer gathered European experts’ point of view. ******
Bloomberg reports that Sri Lanka will request the lifting of a 2010 suspension of European trade preferences.
(Updated on 04 Aug 2015 at 19.15) The EU and Vietnam have sealed a far-reaching bilateral free trade agreement that involves substantial reforms for Vietnam to implement but falls short of fully liberalising EU imports of Vietnamese agricultural products and imposes strict fabric sourcing rules for its textiles exporters. ID
EU – Japan free trade negotiations have been slowed down by Japan’s current focus on concluding the Transpacific Partnership. Yet they could be upgraded to include regulatory convergence similar to that pursued in TTIP, writes David Kleimann.
[sh_light_text ]Poland has sought to deepen its economic relationship with China and to jump on the bandwagon of China’s grand ‘Silk Road’ project. But the road ahead is not as smooth as silk, writes Iana Dreyer.[/sh_light_text]
[sh_light_text ]The European Union (EU) and Myanmar recently embarked on bilateral investment protection negotiations. At a hearing at the EU parliament today, the deal’s enormous challenges were set out.[/sh_light_text]
[sh_light_text ]During a seventh round of talks last week, EU and Japan moved closer to wrapping up a free trade agreement that could boost Europe’s economy and add 400,000 jobs. But the two sides remain divided over key issues such as automobiles and agriculture, leaving in doubt their ability to …
[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …
[sh_light_text ]The EU and China are discussing their planned bilateral investment treaty on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy this week. Both want to conclude an agreement that mutually opens markets and better protects investors’ rights. But negotiations will likely be protracted and Beijing does not appear to prioritise this deal with Brussels, Jennifer Freedman …