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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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EU-US trade: European Commission recommends settling longstanding #WTO dispute

EU-US trade: European Commission recommends settling longstanding #WTO dispute

| September 7, 2018

The Commission recommends to the Council to open negotiations with the United States in order to settle a longstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute on export of US beef. The Commission decided today to ask the Council for a mandate to discuss with the United States the review of the functioning of an existing quota […]

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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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Britain asks to join #WTO procurement deal in latest #Brexit step

Britain asks to join #WTO procurement deal in latest #Brexit step

| June 5, 2018

Britain has officially applied to join the World Trade Organization’s government procurement agreement, a legal step it needs to take to maintain trading relationships after it leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, writes Tom Miles. Staying in the WTO is potentially important so that British companies can still bid for government work in […]

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On #sanctions, time for Europe to chart its own course

On #sanctions, time for Europe to chart its own course

| May 29, 2018

At a time when the two sides are fighting bitterly over the Iran nuclear agreement, the underpinnings of global trade, and just about any bilateral topic, the European Union and the United States have responded in rather surprising fashion to Venezuela’s re-election of incumbent Nicolas Maduro: rolling out together a new round of economic sanctions. […]

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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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