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  • 17-May-2010
    Notes on the Association Agreements with the European Union

    The EU proposes that the parties be empowered to collaborate on the practical implementation of domestic rules regulating access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, innovations, and practices on their territories, so as to guarantee compliance with those provisions. This is a case of interference with national sovereignty, unquestionably for the benefit of European pharmaceutical corporations.

  • 17-May-2010
    Notas sobre los convenios de asociación de la Unión Europea

    La UE propone que las Partes pueden colaborar en la aplicación práctica de las normas domésticas que regulan el acceso a recursos genéticos y conocimientos tradicionales asociados, innovaciones y prácticas en sus territorios para asegurar el cumplimiento de aquellas disposiciones. Este es un caso de intervención en la soberanía de los países, sin duda para beneficiar los intereses de las empresas farmacéuticas europeas.

  • 13-May-2010 Arab News
    Canada seeks full access to Saudi beef market

    Canada, which lost millions of dollars in beef trade opportunities with Saudi Arabia following the outbreak of mad-cow disease, is now seeking full access to this lucrative Saudi market. There is also talk of possibly holding negotiations for a free trade agreement and a general investment protection accord with the Gulf states.

  • 29-Apr-2010 Bridges
    EU moves toward new rules on animal welfare

    The EU is starting to consider new rules on animal welfare that could have significant impacts on its trading partners.

  • 27-Apr-2010 MinnPost
    Beef in Taiwan: Tongues, tails and testicles

    US beef has become a political issue across East Asia. After North Korean nukes and the value of the Chinese yuan, it’s one of the biggest headaches for American diplomats.

  • 21-Apr-2010 Meat Trade News
    Canada - Door open for beef to Colombia

    The Colombian market for Canadian beef, worth about $6 million per year, has just been reopened in the context of the proposed Canada-Colombia FTA, after being closed since 2003 due to BSE in Canadian cattle.

  • 8-Apr-2010 Bloomberg
    Japan, US ‘some distance’ apart in beef trade talks

    “For us, food safety based on Japan’s scientific standards is the priority,” Akamatsu said today. “The OIE standards are different from the Japanese scientific ones.”

  • 27-Jan-2010 CNA
    US scholars see WTO as best path to resolving beef dispute

    By taking the case to the WTO, the US will be able to "depoliticize" the issue, a CSIS fellow argues

  • 26-Jan-2010 CNA
    US official says no basis for renegotiation of beef issue

    The US Trade Representative Office said Friday that Taiwan has destroyed its bilateral agreement with the United States on beef imports and there is no basis for renegotiation of the issue.

  • 22-Jan-2010 Taiwan News
    Consumers’ Foundation demands prion tests on US beef imports

    The Consumers’ Foundation demanded Tuesday that the government include prion tests in its inspection of US beef imports to detect any possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) contamination of the products.

  • 7-Jan-2010 Examiner
    Taiwan bans US beef

    Taiwan’s legislative Yuan Tuesday banned the sale of US beef to that island country, a move that infuriated US beef exporters and could lead to trade disputes with the United States.

  • 5-Jan-2010 Press TV
    Taiwan bans import of US beef

    In a reversal of a negotiated deal with Washington, Taiwanese lawmakers on Tuesday banned imports of some kinds of beefs from the United States, citing health concerns.

  • 5-Jan-2010 CSM
    Taiwan curbs US beef imports in latest Asia trade frictions

    Health concerns and angry protests have prompted partial bans on US beef imports in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea – most recently by Taipei on Tuesday. The recurring dispute has strained relations.

  • 28-Dec-2009 Taiwan News
    Reneging on beef opening would hurt US support for Taiwan

    The head of Taiwan’s National Security Council urged lawmakers and the public not to demand a reopening of talks with the United States on controversial beef imports, though he said he would "respect the final decision by the legislature" and "the people’s right to initiate a referendum on the issue."

  • 29-Oct-2009 AFP
    Taiwan’s Ma eyes trade agreement with US: report

    Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has voiced hopes of reaching a free-trade agreement with the United States following a decision by the island to allow more US beef imports, a report said Wednesday.

  • 25-Oct-2009 Taiwan News
    US, Taiwan may resume trade talks this year

    US-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks are expected to be resumed by the end of this year now that the issue of beef imports from the US has been resolved, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang said Friday.

  • 20-Oct-2009 The Hankyoreh
    S.Korea-EU FTA indicates European beef imports may resume

    According to a draft of the free trade agreement between South Korea and the European Union, once the FTA takes effect, European beef that has a higher risk for mad cow disease than U.S. beef could be allowed into the country.

  • 13-Sep-2009 Centre for WTO Studies
    Review of trade policies of India’s major trading partners

    A review of market access barriers faced by Indian exporters in its major trading partners and other select countries, 24 in all.

  • 5-Sep-2009 Al-Ahram Weekly
    Potato fight

    A couple of weeks ago, following the discovery of some cases of brown rot, the EU decided to impose a ban on Egyptian potato exports. The Egyptian government believes that the reason behind the move is to protect local European produce from competition.

  • 19-Aug-2009 The Namibian
    Africa: Industry sees red over red line

    Various participants in a talk in Namibia on the economic partnership agreement with the European Union yesterday saw red when Finance Permanent Secretary Calle Schlettwein dared suggesting that the veterinary fence in the North be gradually moved further North to offer those farmers the same market access as those south of the fence.

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