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#Coronavirus – Commission backs international initiative to facilitate trade in health-care products

#Coronavirus – Commission backs international initiative to facilitate trade in health-care products

| June 18, 2020

The ongoing global coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for a collective response from the international community to reinforce preparedness for this and future crises. Following a first discussion among EU ministers, Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan shared the European Commission’s ideas for an international initiative to facilitate trade in healthcare products with a group of […]

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Interim appeal arrangement for #WTO disputes becomes effective

Interim appeal arrangement for #WTO disputes becomes effective

The EU and other WTO members have formally notified the ‘Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement’ (MPIA) to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This notification marks the start of the application of the MPIA to disputes arising between the participating WTO members. The MPIA ensures that participant WTO members will continue to benefit from a functioning […]

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#Coronavirus – EU and 21 other WTO members pledge to ensure well-functioning global food supply chains

#Coronavirus – EU and 21 other WTO members pledge to ensure well-functioning global food supply chains

| April 24, 2020

The European Union, together with 21 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has committed to open and predictable trade in agricultural and food products during the current global health crisis. Co-signatories of the joint statement pledge to ensure well-functioning global agriculture and agri-food supply chains and avoid measures with potential negative impact on food […]

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EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

| March 30, 2020

The EU and 15 other members of the WTO have decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. Given its strong and unwavering support for a rules-based trading system, the EU has been a leading force in […]

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#WTO – Cotton at heart of trade negotiation challenges

#WTO – Cotton at heart of trade negotiation challenges

| March 11, 2020

Cotton remains at the heart of trade talks in the World Trade Organization (WTO) It is one of the issues in the agricultural sector expected to be discussed at the WTO’s ministerial conference scheduled to take place in Nour-Soultan, Kazakhstan in June 2020, writes Mass Mboup. Trade in cotton was initially brought to the WTO’s […]

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#WTO – EU, US and Japan agree on new ways to strengthen global rules on #IndustrialSubsidies

#WTO – EU, US and Japan agree on new ways to strengthen global rules on #IndustrialSubsidies

| January 14, 2020

In a Joint Statement issued today (14 January), representatives of the European Union, the United States and Japan announced their agreement to strengthen existing rules on industrial subsidies and condemned forced technology transfers practices. In a meeting held in Washington, DC, the EU, US and Japan agreed that the current list of subsidies prohibited under the […]

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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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