Negotiations for a "critical" trade deal with the European Union have "stalled" over perceptions Australia isn’t "fair dinkum" on climate change action, and due to a fractured relationship with France.
Trade skeptics on the left and right now hold the balance of power in Paris.
France, facing a presidential election in weeks, has halted moves to clear an EU trade deal with Mexico which would allow in 20,000 tonnes of beef imports and wants to make it tougher to access the bloc’s markets, diplomats say.
Paris is set for a tough battle in trying to export EU standards round the world.
France urged EU partners on Thursday to proceed more firmly and cautiously with trade negotiations, while denying it was blocking the conclusion of any deal before its presidential election in April.
France-Kenya ties have intensified during the tenures of presidents Kenyatta and Macron. Franck Riester, France Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, is leading a delegation to Kenya for a two-day visit.
New Zealand, Chile talks among those Paris seeks to pause. Trade pacts have been weaponized in previous French elections.
A long-planned round of Australia-EU free trade talks have been postponed, a European official confirmed, after fury over Canberra’s decision to cancel a major French submarine contract.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that Paris maintains its opposition to the trade agreement agreed between the European Union and Mercosur.
Two French airport companies, Aeroports de Paris (ADP) and Vinci Airports, have initiated treaty-based arbitration proceedings against Chile, invoking the Chile-France bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
France-based Vicat raised a case against the Egyptian government with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in late June 2021. It concerns its cement production business.
The European Union and its member states should draw the consequences of the current stalemate in multilateral talks aimed at reforming the Energy Charter Treaty and consider a coordinated withdrawal, Paris has said
The following avenues can be envisaged to address the concerns raised by the draft EU-Mercosur agreement.
Nuevo Pudahuel had asked the Ministry of Public Works to extend the term of the concession contract as a result of the pandemic, but the MOP was closed to changes in the contract.
The agreement for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments between France and Colombia has entered into force, at the time of the pandemic-related economic crisis.
France remains opposed to a free trade deal in its current proposed form between the EU and South American countries due to “major” concerns about deforestation in the region, the government said.
More than 30 NGOs join forces, sending open letter to French leader Emmanuel Macron asking him to "bury" EU-Mercosur trade deal over environmental concerns.
ALBA Asia Pvt Ltd, the Indian dry bulk port operating company controlled by French shipping group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SAS (LDA), has collapsed with state-run Visakhapatnam Port Trust terminating a contract for running a dry bulk terminal at the port just five years into a 30-year deal.
The Dutch and French Trade ministers are calling the EU to improve its approach in analyzing the socio-economic aspects of trade effects, and to increase its ambition regarding the nexus between trade and sustainable development.
While the world is busy dealing with the coronavirus health crisis, the European Union and Mexico concluded talks on a new trade pact, provoking strong reactions.