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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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#WTO2017: Public forum focuses on ‘trade behind the headlines’

#WTO2017: Public forum focuses on ‘trade behind the headlines’

| October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The final clash of the 2017 edition of the World Trade Organization (WTO) public forum was held at the headquarters of the Geneva-based institution in Switzerland, from 26-28 September 2017, writes Mass Mboup, in an exclusive from Geneva.  The following are some highlights from the sessions, which were carefully curated by the external relations team […]

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WTO confirms EU failed to comply with rulings against European subsidies to #Airbus

WTO confirms EU failed to comply with rulings against European subsidies to #Airbus

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

A World Trade Organization compliance panel has ruled that the European Union has failed to comply with its obligation to remedy the massive subsidies European governments have provided to create and sustain Airbus for more than 40 years. Rather than comply with their WTO obligations to remedy the $17 billion in past subsidies provided to […]

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#WTO confirms #Russia import duties violate WTO rules

#WTO confirms #Russia import duties violate WTO rules

The World Trade Organization has confirmed that Russian import duties on paper, refrigerators and palm oil violate its rules, following the dispute settlement procedure activated by the EU. The import duties exceed those Russia agreed to when it joined the WTO. This is the first case ever decided in the WTO against Russia. Despite being […]

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