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Hungary’s EU presidency to back ‘quick’ FTA talks with PH: FM
Hungary, as the incoming president of the Council of the European Union, will push for the early conclusion of the bloc’s free trade agreement talks with the Philippines, its visiting foreign minister said.
Korea, EU discuss progress of bilateral FTA, regulations
Korea’s trade ministry said Wednesday that it has discussed the progress of the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union and asked the economic bloc to address growing regulatory uncertainties for exporters.
Thai confederation demands inclusion of ILO conventions in FTA negotiations
On 29 May the leaders of the Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand (CILT) met with European Union (EU) representatives in Bangkok to demand the inclusion of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) fundamental conventions in EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreements (FTA).
EU recognizes Indonesia’s rights to ban nickel ore exports: Minister
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, stated that the European Union (EU) has begun recognizing Indonesia’s rights in banning nickel ore exports.
Eighth round of free trade talks between India and the EU to start on 23 June
India and the European Union (EU) will resume talks for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the eighth round slated to start on 23 June, two people aware of the matter said.
Germany eyes stronger relations, trade and investment with Laos
Dr Lindner added that he hoped Laos’ chairmanship of Asean this year will also be a platform to strengthen ties with European Union countries, and to review the progress of EU members on finalising trade agreements with Asean.
EU invites Israel to discuss bilateral relations amid Gaza offensives
The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell announced on Wednesday that he has formally invited the Israeli foreign minister to an ad hoc EU-Israel Association Council meeting.
Trade agreements: How African states are resisting pressure from the North but not managing to assert their priorities
African countries are regularly offered Free Trade Agreements by the world’s major economic powers. The balance of power is so unequal that they seem forever condemned to be the big losers.
Indonesia, EU agree on 11 issues during 18th IEU-CEPA negotiations
The Coordinating Economic Affairs Ministry stated that Indonesia and the European Union agreed on 11 of the 21 issues in the 18th round of negotiations on the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA).
NGO wants EU-Kenya trade partnership annulled
A Kampala-based NGO has gone to the East African Court of Justice seeking orders to block Kenya and the EAC Secretary-General from implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement Nairobi signed with the European Union.
Historic victory: Council gives green light for EU withdrawal from climate-wrecking Energy Charter Treaty
The Council of the EU adopted a historic decision to withdraw the European Union from the Energy Charter Treaty, an international investment treaty from the 1990s increasingly used by the fossil fuel industry to sue governments over their climate and energy policies.
EU approves economic partnership deal with Kenya
Agreement set to strengthen cooperation with Kenya — recognized as economic hub of East Africa — benefiting workers, businesses, traders on both sides.
Limited appetite among member states for EU trade sanctions on Israel
Amid growing calls for economic sanctions against Israel in view of the worsening humanitarian toll of its military operations in Gaza, EU trade ministers briefly discussed the issue but remained far from deciding on actual steps.
Australia, EU mineral pact ’augurs well’ for free trade
A new agreement between Australia and the European Union to boost the supply of critical minerals and technology is being heralded as a positive step towards a full free trade negotiation.
EU convenes Israel to discuss respect of human rights and ICJ ruling on Rafah
European Union foreign ministers agreed to call for an Association Council with Israel to discuss the country’s compliance with its human rights obligations under the EU-Israel trade deal, also known as the Association Agreement.
Indonesia urges fair treatment from EU amid prolonged trade talks
Indonesia’s Chief Economic Affairs Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, stressed the need for fair treatment in trade negotiations with the EU. He emphasized Indonesia’s significant potential and its future as a developed nation by 2045. He called for fair treatment and added value for Indonesia’s economy.
Modernisation of the Chile-EU FTA: a false promise of equity and development
An in-depth analysis of the Chile-EU FTA reveals its profound neo-colonial character and that it is an instrument of the neo-liberal economic order that emerged in the 1980s.
The EU’s critical minerals crusade
The EU is aggressively pursuing critical minerals globally to benefit from the energy transition, securing access via trade agreements and partnerships. Failure to address resource overconsumption risks reinforcing inequalities and intensifying extractivism.
EU seeks post-election approval of Mercosur trade deal, says Brussels’ chief negotiator
The EU is preparing for swift approval of a long-stalled trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc post-June’s European Parliament elections, according to Rupert Schlegelmilch, Brussels’ top negotiator.
Signing of EU Association Agreement with San Marino and Andorra expected “by the fall”
The two European microstates will be able to participate in the Union’s Internal Market and cooperate in other policy areas, as Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein already do.