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China and EU may hold summit in Beijing at end of March, ahead of ‘17+1’ meeting
China and the EU are expected to hold their annual summit at the end of March, two weeks before Beijing hosts a high-profile meeting with the leaders of Central and Eastern European countries.
White House trade adviser says phase one trade deal with China is ’in the bank’
Navarro also hinted at future trade deals with the post-Brexit United Kingdom, other European countries and Vietnam.
How unique are preferential trade agreements?
A large portion of the content of preferential trade agreements is copied word for word from earlier agreements, finds a study
New impetus for Belt and Road from Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit provided an opportunity for China to re-affirm its strong relationship with the core countries along the land route to Europe.
Les jeux sont faits: Swiss Supreme Court upholds investment treaty award against public policy challenge in a gambling case
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed its statutory restraint in reviewing arbitral awards and rejected the host state’s request to set aside the award for violating substantive public policy.
European firms bet on BIT prospects
European companies are hoping that a bilateral investment treaty between China and European Union can be concluded within 12 months.
Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe
The huge uncertainty surrounding the future of US foreign, security and trade policy opens new horizons for the EU in most parts of Asia.
EU, New Zealand seek swift trade talks
The European Union and New Zealand said they aim to launch free trade negotiations as soon as possible and to conclude the talks far more quickly than is normal – possibly in two to three years.
Swiss cheese threatened by trade deals
Chemical products and cheese top the list of Swiss exports endangered by a proposed trade deal between the European Union and the United States, a government agency reported on Thursday.
New Zealand/EU free trade talks criticised
Irish Farmers Association president Eddie Downey has already warned that farmers across Europe would resist any trade deal with New Zealand that could undermine the EU’s valuable domestic markets for beef, sheep, and dairy products.
Food exporters may have to rebadge food labels as a result of free trade deals
Food exporters are being warned they could face the costly process of rebadging food labels as a result of free trade deals
Canada-EU trade deal would hinder policies to address climate change
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would worsen climate change, explains Brent Patterson.
Ministry pushes for FTA talks with EU
Thailand’s Commerce Ministry will push for the resumption of free-trade negotiations between Thailand and the European Union this year.
War, neoliberal fundamentalism and the plundering of national economies
The real threats to ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘decency’ and ‘fairness’ do not lie in Syria or Iraq. The destruction of national sovereignty, democracy, freedom, decency, quality of life and livelihoods is being carried out by corporate vultures under the guise of the secular theology of neoliberalism, not least in practice via free trade and investor rights agreements.
Europe touts gains in Canada free-trade deal, internal document shows
A European Union analysis of the just-completed trade agreement with Canada suggests the EU gained more than it expected – and might have settled for less had Ottawa pushed harder.
Free trade agreements roil global auto manufacturers
When I was in South Korea for five days last month, I noticed that very few European and American cars were on the road in Seoul and Keosu.
European Commission/CARIFORUM Agreements to Boost Regional Integration
According to a news release from the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) and the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday (Mar. 28) signed three financial agreements designed to boost the Caribbean Region’s ability to deliver tangible results of integration to its populace.
Local CETA water concerns linger
The Harper government says it’s successfully concluded an eighth round of free trade negotiations with the European Union, and despite reassurances from provincial, and recently federal, government officials that water is not on the bargaining table, several Sea to Sky residents are extremely concerned.
Impact Assessment of CETA IPR chapter
CETA IPR chapter will likely have a slight positive effect on specific industries in the EU, such as agri-food companies using geographical indications. It would also benefit the Canadian publishing industry and the innovative pharmaceutical industry. At the same time, an IPR chapter in CETA could lead to notable negative effects in Canada, for example via higher prices on educational and pharmaceutical products.
Put a hold on FTAs unfavourable to us
The Malaysian government last week negotiated free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States of America (via the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPP) and the European Union (EU).