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Brexit: Johnson to open trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
Boris Johnson is expected to open talks on the country’s post-Brexit trade deal with the new president of the European commission when she visits Downing Street.
The European Commission is urging Canada to adopt stricter piracy rules
Canada’s intellectual protection rights system was also slammed for being too clement.
India speeding up FTA talks with Switzerland, Norway, Iceland
India is making efforts to speed up free trade negotiations with the EFTA countries comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Leichtenstein in parallel with its discussions with the European Union on a similar pact.
’When two elephants fight’: EU, Indonesia tussle over resources
As disputes over palm oil and nickel head to World Trade Organization, affected residents say they feel trapped.
Emission intensity of Irish beef vs. Brazilian beef outlined by MEP
The high emission intensity of beef production in the Mercosur countries can reach levels that are more than double the emission intensity of Irish beef.
China calls for opening free trade talks with the EU
Chinese foreign affairs minister Wang Yi called for the launch of free trade talks with the EU, in parallel with ongoing negotiations on an investment deal.
US may boost tariffs on EU goods, wants lower trade deficit-Lighthizer
Lighthizer also said that a US-UK trade deal is a priority for Washington and negotiations will be launched as soon as Britain is in a position to do so.
Is there an EU-ASEAN trade deal on the horizon?
the EU will no doubt push for FTAs with further ASEAN states. But with each bilateral trade agreement, the need for a regional agreement recedes. As each nation opens up to tariff-free trade with the EU, the need for an overarching regional FTA diminishes.
Indonesia warns on EU trade deal, dairy imports amid palm oil spat
Indonesia is prepared to walk away from talks on a free trade deal with the European Union over the bloc’s stance on palm oil, while also launching a probe into subsidies on dairy imports from the EU.
Johnson uses threat of Brexit cliff-edge to demand EU trade deal by end of 2020
The EU hopes to start trade talks with Britain by March, leaving just 10 months to strike a deal and get it approved by London and the EU, including member states’ parliaments.
Beyond repair? The Energy Charter Treaty
An obscure investment agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty, threatens to undermine bold climate action to transform Europe’s energy system.
EU FTA talks: India looking at ways to end stalemate, re-start negotiations
But the EU wants issues such as market access for automobiles, wines, and govt procurement issues resolved first.
UK heads towards Brexit and Thailand ponders an FTA with Britain
Thailand is pondering the possibilities of creating a free trade agreement with the UK after British PM Boris Johnson’s victory in the UK election.
Civil society declaration – Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements: the mirage of the evaluation study
The evaluation is highly unsatisfactory due to: the economic methodology imposed by the EU; civil society not sufficiently involved; social, economic and environmental impacts not taken into account.
How many trade deals will we lose access to post Brexit if we leave the Customs Union?
So far, the UK has negotiated 19 agreements covering 50 countries, which will come into force after the transition period ends.
Next India-EU summit expected in first half of 2020: EU envoy
The European Union said it was hopeful of forward movement in negotiations with India on the long-pending free trade agreement, and favoured opening separate talks for an investment protection treaty.
‘Proposed India-EU FTA has to address labour, government procurement, sustainability issues’
India and the EU need to sort out complex issues such as government procurement, labour standards and sustainability as part of the bilateral free trade talks that have been stuck for more than half a decade.
I helped negotiate a trade deal with the US – I know they will demand an NHS sell off
Behind the bluster about “getting Brexit done” is an ambitious long term agenda: to realign our economy and our standards with the interests of American business.
EU governments under pressure to quit Energy Charter Treaty
Climate campaigners are demanding that European Union countries pull out of the treaty unless they can negotiate an end to the pact’s investor-state dispute mechanism.
Open letter on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
We – 278 environmental, climate, consumer, development, and trade related civil society groups, as well as trade unions – believe that the ECT is incompatible with the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.