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EU agri ministers push back against Mercosur deal
A number of EU countries spoke out against reviving the EU-Mercosur trade deal during a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday 20 March. But with an agreement already hammered out, room for change is limited.
Breaking: Civil society denounce leaked joint instrument on EU-Mercosur deal as blatant greenwashing
Documents leaked reveal that the EU-Mercosur deal’s proposed annex, supposedly intended to safeguard the environment, climate and human rights, does nothing to achieve this.
EU-Mercosur FTA: Joint instrument (Feb 2023)
As leaked by Friends of the Earth Europe, Ecologistas en Acción, European Coordination Via Campesina, Collectif national Stop CETA-Mercosur, Aitec, PowerShift e.V. Germany, Handel Anders.
Austrian agriculture minister says ‘no’ to Mercosur deal amid industry pressure
Agriculture Minister said he opposes the EU-Mercosur trade agreement during the Agriculture Council in Brussels on despite alleged industry pressure on the minister in charge of giving Austria’s final decision.
The EU is committed to developing the Association Agreement with Algeria
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced on Sunday that Brussels is sticking to the association agreement with Algeria.
EU eyes Africa; ’we are grateful’ to Algeria’s gas supply: Borrell
The European Union’s representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell, began a visit to Algeria on Sunday, the first of its kind since he took office in December 2019.
EU-Malaysia relations at risk over colonial legacy claims
A billion-dollar lawsuit between the heirs of a historic sultanate and the Malaysian government over land awards signed during the era of British imperialism, threatens to further cloud European relations with the Southeast Asian country.
EU and Thailand relaunch trade negotiations
The EU and Thailand announced the relaunch of negotiations for an ambitious, modern and balanced free trade agreement, with sustainability at its core.
EU tells Taiwan to forget about a bilateral investment pact even as bloc seeks more chips
Officials say deal unnecessary because ‘stable conditions for investors do exist in Taiwan’ amid reluctance behind scenes to anger Beijing.
Spain: European Union closer than ever to unlock Mercosur trade deal
Spain is confident that the European Union can finally unlock a free-trade agreement with a group of South American countries, including Brazil and Argentina, and push forward a process that has dragged on for decades.
Position paper – EU-India trade negotiations
ACEA welcomes the relaunch of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with India. Likewise, the opening of negotiations for an investment protection agreement is a positive step towards the EU’s objective of strengthening its relationship with India.
Development opportunities or challenges
Looking at the proposed Free Trade Agreement between India and the European Union.
The UK and EU must leave the Energy Charter Treaty together
We can’t be held hostage by a 1990s treaty that allows fossil fuel firms to sue governments.
EU hopes Macron will budge on Latin American trade deal
In Brussels, several EU diplomats believe France could change its mind as geopolitical tensions following the war in Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic strengthen the case for the 27-nation bloc to diversify its trading relationships.
Free-trade deals lite
The White House is brokering trade deals with Europe that could loosen sourcing rules in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), President Biden’s plan for green domestic manufacturing.
Slovenian NGOs threaten to challenge CETA in court
Environmental organisations are threatening to bring about a court challenge to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, just as the ratification of the agreement is set to be on the agenda.
EU, US working on deal to make EV minerals eligible for tax credits -EU official
The United States and European Union are working toward agreement in principle on a deal to make European minerals eligible for tax credits.
EU-Mercosur: a nightmare for nature
The deal as negotiated is in principle a neocolonial, extractivist instrument: intended to secure EU imports of commodities and raw materials from South America, while increasing EU exports of industrial and chemical products.
The EU-Chile advanced framework agreement: a brief analysis of the investment protection provisions
The advanced framework agreement’s investment protection provisions include many of the substantive obligations that are common in international investment agreement.
Civil societies call on European Parliament to pressure Vietnam on human rights
Civil groups urged the European Parliament to step up pressure on Vietnam to improve its dismal human and labor rights records during a review of the implementation of the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.