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US ends #DiplomaticProtocol tiff with EU

US ends #DiplomaticProtocol tiff with EU

| March 5, 2019

The United States has ended a spat with the European Union over diplomatic protocol that came amid heightened tensions over trans-Atlantic trade, writes the BBC. US ambassador Gordon Sondland said the bloc was “one of America’s most valuable partners in ensuring global security and prosperity”. The dispute surfaced in January over an apparent downgrading of […]

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#EUUSTradeTalks – Parliament moves to protect key interests

#EUUSTradeTalks – Parliament moves to protect key interests

| February 25, 2019

The US and the EU are about to launch trade negotiations ©AP images/European Union-EP  The EU and the US are set to enter trade talks in a bid to resolve their disagreements. Read on to find out what the issues are and the deciding role Parliament will play. US protectionism Trade relations between the EU […]

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#EUTradeAgreements – What the EU is working on

#EUTradeAgreements – What the EU is working on

| February 15, 2019

        The EU negotiates various trade deals all over the world, but they depend on approval by the European Parliament. Read our overview of the negotiations in progress. On 13 February, MEPs voted in favour of EU-Singapore trade and investment protection deals, which will eliminate nearly all tariffs within five years. This […]

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Parliament gives green light to #Singapore trade and investment protection deals

Parliament gives green light to #Singapore trade and investment protection deals

| February 15, 2019

Free trade and investment protection deals will boost trade and open door to further trade with SE Asia©CC0 by chuttersnap on Unsplash   Parliament endorsed the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further co-operation with south-east Asia. The free trade agreement, to which Parliament gave its consent […]

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#Cambodia – EU launches procedure to temporarily suspend trade preferences

#Cambodia – EU launches procedure to temporarily suspend trade preferences

| February 12, 2019

The EU has started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. EBA preferences can be removed if beneficiary countries fail to respect core human rights and labour rights. Launching the temporary withdrawal procedure does not entail an […]

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#EUUSTradeTalks – European Commission publishes progress report

#EUUSTradeTalks – European Commission publishes progress report

| January 31, 2019

The European Commission has published a report on the implementation of the 25 July 2018 Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump. In line with the Commission’s commitment to transparency, the report provides a detailed overview on the state of play of the talks so far. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who heads on the […]

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#EUUSTradeTalks – European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

#EUUSTradeTalks – European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

| January 22, 2019

The European Commission has adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods. These negotiations follow the Joint Statement agreed by President Juncker and President Trump last July. As part of its commitment to transparency, the European […]

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