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How do UK trade agreements measure up on human rights?
There is an urgent need for coherence. The UK should set out clearly in a trade strategy how its trade policy will support human rights, labour rights and the climate, including how each trade agreement will meet the four tests laid out here.
Not just about trade
The FTA aims to increase trade in products known for their harmful impact on people and forests, which is incompatible with the transition to a just and green economy.
Mercosur states seeking ‘revised agreement’ with EU, says Cafiero
Foreign minister says ‘assymetries’ in deal must be resolved; Top EU officials pinpoint July summit in Brussels as potential completion date.
Ukraine counts on adoption of priority action plan for enhanced implementation of FTA with EU in 2023-2024 – Shmyhal
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said that Ukraine counts on the adoption of a priority action plan for the enhanced implementation of a free trade area agreement between Ukraine and the European Union for 2023-2024.
How Biden can end secretive corporate tribunals
The president has promised not to put anti-democratic investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in future trade deals. But they are still in many existing ones.
Croatia to pay $256 million arbitration award to MOL - minister
Croatia will pay $255.7 million to Hungarian oil and gas company MOL under a ruling in an arbitration case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
French MEPs concerned over EU-Mercosur deal amid regional push
The EU-Mercosur deal is edging closer to implementation, with the region’s leaders, including Brazil’s freshly elected President Lula, pushing for swift ratification. However, French EU lawmakers reiterated concerns over environmental standards.
African unions demand strong labour provisions in AfCFTA
Unions want labour provisions to be included in the next phases of negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA).
China-Gulf states free trade pact high on agenda
Foreign Minister Qin Gang called for a China-Gulf free trade zone to be established as soon as possible in a telephone conversation with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
US filing another dairy dispute with Canada under USMCA trade deal
The United States is filing another formal dispute over what it considers Canada’s failure to live up to its trade obligations to American dairy farmers and producers.
EU, Mercosur trade deal possible soon, says European official
European Union hopes to finalise trade deal with Mercosur by July, says top EU official.
Agricultural groups say RCEP trade deal to hurt local farmers
Several agricultural groups reiterated their opposition to the ratification of the Philippine participation in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) saying it could hurt local farmers.
Indonesia’s hardship in dealing with the EU is increasing
The hardship on the Indonesian government and exporters of dealing with a number of disputes and trade barriers imposed by the European Union is growing.
US open to forging FTA with Asean, says Romualdez
The United States may pursue a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as it seeks to boost economic activities with the major economic bloc, which bodes well for the Philippines.
Indonesia looks to improve trade with Eurasia
Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan has called for the strengthening of economic cooperation between Indonesia and the EAEU, saying he expects the FTA between Indonesia and EAEU to be completed soon.
EU recovers appetite for trade in green industry push
The European Union is aiming to enact up to five trade deals in record time to ensure its future as a clean tech leader, by securing supplies of key raw materials, increasing markets for green exports and reducing its reliance on China.
The Biden administration can only achieve its laudable “worker-centered” trade policy for the Americas by fixing the existing US trade deals with most prospective APEP partners and building on solid new foundations
For an APEP to deliver gains for the millions of citizens of American nations suffering from past corporate-rigged trade agreements, talks must fix parts of existing pacts that cause ongoing harm.
Peru’s Government authorizes delegation trip to start FTA negotiations with Hong Kong
A Peruvian delegation will be in the People’s Republic of China from February 6 to 10, 2023 in order to start negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Hong Kong.
Feasibility study on trade between PNG and Australia to be carried out
The study assesses the feasibility of a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement covering goods and services.
Argentina, Germany agree to close EU-Mercosur free trade pact ‘soon’
Argentina and Germany have reaffirmed their commitment to “soon” close a free trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur South American trade grouping.