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Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules allowing companies to sue governments could ultimately be left out of a transatlantic trade deal with the United States. ...

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement (Ceta), German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners have said. Speaking in the ...

EU repeats demand for energy chapter in US trade treaty

10.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU's trade chief has reiterated his demands for the US to include an energy chapter as part of a trans-Atlantic free trade deal. "It is important that we come forward with a position on that [energy agreement] as ...

'Scaremongering' threatens trade deal, US ambassador warns MEPs

04.09.14 @ 09:22

A landmark EU-US trade deal is under threat due to “scaremongering”, the US ambassador to Brussels has warned MEPs. In a combative debate with deputies on the European Parliament's international trade committee on ...

Rasmussen: Ukraine free to seek Nato membership

29.08.14 @ 15:00

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said Ukraine is free to pursue membership of the Western alliance despite Russian opposition. He told press in Brussels on Friday (29 August): “I’m not going to interfere in ...

EU hails 'substantial progress' towards Cuba trade deal

29.08.14 @ 09:30

EU and Cuban officials have made “substantial progress” towards agreeing a trade and political co-operation treaty, the bloc’s top diplomat to Havana said following the second round of talks in Brussels. Speaking at a ...

AnalysisCan Europe afford a Russia trade war?

22.08.14 @ 09:23

“We’ve known for more than 100 years that protectionism and trade barriers are very bad for your economy”. So says Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a trade lawyer and director of the European Centre for International Political ...

Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban

20.08.14 @ 07:45

Poland has made a formal request that the EU take Russia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to overturn its ban on EU food and vegetables. Reuters reported on Tuesday (19 August) that Poland’s economy ministry ...

AnalysisWhat the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP

18.08.14 @ 17:47

EU trade negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520 pages of their latest baby: the EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta). The document, published by ...

AnalysisFrom trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28.07.14 @ 10:14

When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free ...

EU states not toeing the line on tobacco, equality laws

11.07.14 @ 09:30

Around a dozen member states are set to face the European Commission at the EU Court of Justice for not following EU laws. Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the ...

Leaked paper: EU wants 'guaranteed' access to US oil and gas

09.07.14 @ 09:27

The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the ...

EU-US trade deal must have national approval, say MPs

02.07.14 @ 17:54

A landmark free trade agreements between the EU and US should be subject to approval by national parliaments before it can become law, national deputies have told the European Commission. The demand is contained in a ...

EU trade chief plays down fears over investor protection rules

25.06.14 @ 09:27

The EU’s top trade official has played down fears that rules protecting company interests could spark a wave of litigation from US multinationals, insisting there was “nothing shocking” about the plans. EU and US trade ...

OpinionThe first G7 summit in Brussels, but not the last?

05.06.14 @ 09:26

This week, the leaders of the seven most industrialised countries – the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the UK – and the European Union are gathering in Brussels. For the first time since 1998 when Russia ...

WTO confirms EU seal trade ban

23.05.14 @ 09:48

The EU's four-year-old ban on seal fur will remain in place after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rejected an appeal by Canada and Norway thus setting a precedent that animal welfare can trump the right to trade. In ...

EU and US aim for 2015 trade deal, exclude financial services

16.05.14 @ 08:48

Trade negotiators will look to complete an EU-US trade deal before the end of 2015, senior officials have agreed. But a deal will not include financial services, after the US ambassador all but ruled out discussion of ...

EU ban on 'king of mangoes' causes stir in India

08.05.14 @ 09:30

A health and safety measure quietly imposed by EU officials to protect the bloc's crops is to deprive Europeans of access to India's "king of mangoes". The EU's 18 month mango ban, which began on 1 May and will last ...

Russia to file WTO lawsuit against EU energy laws

01.05.14 @ 09:22

Russia is to file its second formal complaint against the EU with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the EU's so-called 'Third Energy Package,' according to reports on Wednesday (30 April). At the heart of the ...

EU drills into corporate protection clause in US trade deal

27.03.14 @ 19:45

The European Commission launched a 90 day public consultation on Thursday (27 March) in a bid to address "misconceptions and misrepresentations" about plans to include controversial rules on investor protection into an ...

Germany opposes EU-US investor protection scheme

15.03.14 @ 14:51

EU and US trade negotiators completed the fourth round of trade talks on Friday (14 March), but were tight-lipped after Germany joined France in calling for controversial rules on investor rights to be left out of an ...

EU to approve €1.1bn Ukraine aid package

05.03.14 @ 09:30

The European Commission will officially agree to offer Ukraine €1.1 billion in emergency aid on Thursday (5 March), officials told EUobserver. The move amounts to a top-up of €500 million to a previous offer of €610 ...

Trade talks 'honeymoon' over, business chiefs warn EU

28.02.14 @ 19:41

The 'honeymoon phase' of talks aimed at brokering a landmark EU-US trade deal are over, business leaders have warned. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Athens to coincide with a meeting of EU trade ministers ...

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

EU to open trade talks with Cuba

11.02.14 @ 08:50

EU foreign ministers on Monday (10 February) agreed to open talks on a trade and political relationship with Cuba, raising the prospect of a new era in relations between Brussels and Havana. The talks on a so-called " ...

EU commission freezes US talks on company protection

21.01.14 @ 21:30

The European Commission has halted EU-US trade talks related to legal protection for companies and launched a three-month public consultation on the matter. Negotiations between EU and US trade officials began last ...

Russia's first WTO trade dispute targets EU duties

07.01.14 @ 08:46

Russia has taken aim at the EU, filing its first trade dispute to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in protest against anti-dumping duties imposed by Brussels. In a statement on Monday (6 January), the Swiss-based WTO, ...

EUobservedBig pain for small gain in the eurozone

02.01.14 @ 10:40

The past year was better than 2012, at least as far as the eurozone economy is concerned, but not much better. First, the good news. Europe came out of its double-dip recession, even if the 0.2 percent growth it saw in ...

EU-US trade talks could become 'another Acta'

18.12.13 @ 09:18

EU-US free trade talks risk following the same path as Acta, the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty which collapsed in 2012. The European Commission spent several years negotiating the Acta treaty, a multilateral ...

OpinionEU and US both threatened by secret trade talks

16.12.13 @ 09:06

Negotiations between the United States and European Union for a free trade agreement, which resume this week in Washington, represent one of the biggest threats we have seen in our lifetimes to progress towards our ...

AnalysisWorld trade deal expected to boost EU nations

09.12.13 @ 10:32

Hailed as "historic" by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the surprise world trade deal agreed over the weekend in Bali aims to lower the cost of exports by simplifying customs procedures and reducing import duties. ...

Brussels nervous on public reaction to EU-US trade talks

27.11.13 @ 09:27

The European Commission last week discussed with member states how best to go about communicating a EU-US trade deal to the public and national media. The meeting took place on Friday (22 November) and was attended by ...

WTO backs EU seal fur ban over 'moral concerns'

26.11.13 @ 10:48

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed the EU's controversial ban on seal products, ruling that the ban was a response to "moral concerns." A report released Monday (25 November) by a WTO panel found that the ...

German coalition draft: More powers for EU foreign service

26.11.13 @ 10:37

Germany's upcoming government will not change its eurozone policy, but wants more powers for the bloc's foreign service and a "special relationship" with Russia, according to a draft coalition agreement to be signed off ...

Eurozone trade surplus doubles, boosts crisis countries

18.11.13 @ 18:29

The prospects of the eurozone's nascent economic recovery were boosted on Monday (18 November) after figures revealed that the bloc's trade surplus in 2013 was on course to double 2012. According to data published by EU ...

Trade deal 'won't loosen standards,' EU and US officials ay

18.11.13 @ 11:21

The latest round of talks on an EU-US trade deal concluded on Friday (15 November) with negotiators playing down suggestions that an accord would undercut a raft of rules on consumer protection and environmental ...

EU-US free trade talks restart in Brussels

11.11.13 @ 09:27

For over a century in the developed world, the concept of free trade was based on the principle of no tariffs. But in 2013 the economic map has changed. Although many countries still impose tariffs or duties on products ...

AgendaTrade and finance dominate Brussels this WEEK

09.11.13 @ 12:53

Trade and finance will dominate life in the Brussels bubble this week, with officials resuming the second round of talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US on Monday (11 November). The ...

Romania threatens to block Canada-EU trade deal

25.10.13 @ 09:24

Romania has threatened not to ratify a recently signed EU-Canada free trade deal unless Ottawa lifts visa requirements for Romanians. "I do not believe the Romanian parliament will ratify the EU-Canada free trade ...

Bulgarian land sale ban risks EU sanction

24.10.13 @ 09:25

Bulgaria’s ultra-nationalist party Ataka has convinced more moderate Bulgarian legislators to extend a ban on the sale of land to foreigners in contravention of EU rules. The moratorium bans the sale of agricultural ...

EU hails 'landmark' Canada trade deal

18.10.13 @ 19:01

EU and Canadian leaders have signed up to a trade agreement worth over €25 billion per year, in a deal seen by Brussels as the forerunner to a successful trade accord with the US. European Commission President Jose ...

No release of Ukraine former PM, despite EU optimism

16.10.13 @ 09:29

A European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine was unable to secure the release of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko although a top EU official expects her to be freed soon. Ukraine is required to ...

WTO to decide on 'illegal' Russian car tax

10.10.13 @ 17:40

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will decide later this month whether to set up an arbitration panel on what the EU has described as an "illegal measure" by Russia against the bloc's car industry. Speaking with ...

EU-China trade talks set for November launch

09.10.13 @ 21:51

The EU will in November launch talks aimed at negotiating its first investment agreement with the Chinese government. The plan - endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday (8 October) - seeks increased access for European businesses ...

US budget trouble hits EU trade talks

07.10.13 @ 09:28

Talks between the EU and US on a landmark trade deal have been cancelled this week as a result of the continuing government shutdown in Washington DC. US trade officials were expected to arrive in Brussels on Monday (7 ...

EU seals Singapore trade pact

20.09.13 @ 09:31

EU trade officials moved a step closer to sealing an trade pact with Singapore after negotiators for both sides presented the entire text of the agreement on Friday (20 September). "This is also the first step towards ...

EU and China need each other, EU trade chief says

17.09.13 @ 20:06

EU and Chinese firms should have equal access to each other's markets, the bloc's leading trade official said Tuesday, warning that Beijing would not be able to subsidise its industries and maintain economic growth. " ...

Ukraine and Russia on path to trade war over EU pact

19.08.13 @ 09:28

Ukraine and Russia are set to meet on Monday (19 August) to discuss a trade dispute which has seen Ukrainian products piling up on the Russian border for the past week. An EU-Ukraine political and trade agreement, which ...

EU lifts trade barriers with Colombia, Peru

31.07.13 @ 09:36

A free trade agreement entering into force Thursday (1 August) between the EU, Peru and Colombia include clauses on labour rights but trade unionists are sceptical they will be followed. Calling for better working ...

EU settles trade dispute with China, warns member states

29.07.13 @ 14:48

The EU has defended a deal with China over solar panel imports amid criticism it has caved into Bejing's demands. Karel De Gucht, EU trade commissioner, Monday (29 July) announced that an "amicable solution" had been ...