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#WTO – US blocking of the appellate body is serious blow to the international rules-based trade system

#WTO – US blocking of the appellate body is serious blow to the international rules-based trade system

| December 10, 2019

Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan (pictured) made a statement given that the WTO’s Appellate Body will stop functioning as of tomorrow (11 December) due to the US failure to appoint or reappointment of its members. Hogan described this as a regrettable & very serious blow to the international rules-based trade system. The #EU firmly believes that […]

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#WTO reform – participants in Ottawa meeting agree on concrete steps

#WTO reform – participants in Ottawa meeting agree on concrete steps

| October 30, 2018

The 13 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), participating in a ministerial meeting held in Ottawa on 24 and 25 October – including the EU represented by Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström – unequivocally reiterated their commitment to safeguarding the rules-based multilateral system. In a Joint Communique, the partners agreed to work on solutions to […]

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Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernization of the #WorldTradeOrganization

Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernization of the #WorldTradeOrganization

| September 20, 2018

The European Commission has put forward a first set of ideas to modernize the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. The concept paper published today sets out the direction of this modernization effort in three key areas: updating of the WTO rule book, strengthening of the […]

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Britain and EU formally start splitting #WTO membership agreements

Britain and EU formally start splitting #WTO membership agreements

| July 26, 2018

Britain and the European Union formally filed for divorce at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday (24 July), following many months of diplomatic preparations to smooth the way for the historic move, writes Tom Miles. The WTO circulated two confidential draft membership agreements among the Geneva trade club’s 164 members, separating Britain’s rights and obligations in […]

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#Brexit advances at #WTO as Britain sets out new services terms – diplomats

#Brexit advances at #WTO as Britain sets out new services terms – diplomats

| March 5, 2018

Britain has sent World Trade Organization members a draft of the terms for its trade in services with other countries after Brexit, an important part of its divorce from the European Union, trade diplomats said last week, writes Tom Miles. Britain needs to disentangle its WTO membership agreement from the European Union‘s, and has yet […]

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#FairTaxation: EU rows into US tax bill debate

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission informed journalists that two vice-presidents and two European commissioners have sent a joint letter to United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, concerning the content of the US tax reform bill, writes Catherine Feore. Last week, Vice-President Katainen raised his concerns following the weekly meeting of European commissioners. He said that […]

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Saving EU jobs: New EU #anti-dumping methodology must be adopted quickly

Saving EU jobs: New EU #anti-dumping methodology must be adopted quickly

“The Council is back on track in fighting unfair trade practices by third countries. Crucially, the new methodology stands on a solid legal basis and is fully compatible with WTO law,” said Daniel Caspary MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, commenting on an agreement by the Foreign Affairs Council on […]

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