Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Not so fast: Macron and his farmers get trade onto ‘full’ EU summit agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.

Global Europe 18-10-2017

EU-India relations come full-circle

For more than a decade, the EU and India partnership had been slow-moving and fragmented, struggling to maintain momentum. The last EU-India summit however shows EU-India relations have come full circle, writes Gauri Khandekar.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.

Economy & Jobs 10-10-2017

Commission hits back at criticism over tobacco track and trace proposal

The European Commission’s proposal for a tobacco track and trace system is fully in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisions, as it gives control over the system to the member states and not the tobacco industry, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.

Economy & Jobs 10-10-2017

Mexico, Mercosur deals at stake if not concluded in 2017, EU warns

If the EU fails to complete trade deals with Mexico and Mercosur by the end of this year, upcoming elections in Brazil and Mexico could complicate the conclusion of the agreements, EU negotiators warned on Monday (9 October).

Economy & Jobs 09-10-2017

EU sets duties on certain steel imports, tariff price controversial

The European Union has decided to set duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia and Ukraine after a complaint by EU manufacturers that the product used for construction and machinery was being sold at excessively low prices.

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

EU, India dust off promise for a trade deal

EU and India leaders promised to take their trade relationship ‘to the next level’ as they met during a summit in New Delhi on Friday (6 October) - but with some strings attached.

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

EU to single out Chinese imports in report on market distortions

China will be singled out for special attention under new trade rules to limit excessively cheap imports into the European Union, a European Commission official said yesterday (5 October).

Global Europe 05-10-2017

Post-Trump: Europe’s Asia pivot should be now

Since the Trump administration took office, the future of the transatlantic axis has been uncertain. The EU’s external economic policy, therefore, needs reorientation.  Asia, the world’s most dynamic growth region, should play a central role in this regard, writes Cora Francisca Jungbluth.

Agrifood 05-10-2017

Biofuels emerge as burning issue in EU-Mercosur talks

Biofuels have emerged as a make-or-break issue in the EU's negotiations with South American trading bloc Mercosur, and EU farmers fear they will be left to fend off stronger competition in a shrinking market.

Freedom of thought 04-10-2017

EU must demand respect for human rights in trade talks with India

The Indian government must guarantee the security of religious minorities if it wants to conclude trade deals with the EU, writes Lars Adaktusson.

China 02-10-2017

Europe’s e-bike makers rage against Chinese imports

European producers of electronic bikes (e-bikes) have filed a complaint with the European Commission against cheap Chinese e-bike imports, saying that they are sold in the bloc at excessively low prices with the help of unfair subsidies.

Brexit 28-09-2017

Opting for EU realism, Corbyn tries to brand Tories as Brexit fundamentalists

Like a crab emerging cautiously from under his rock, the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is millimetre-by-millimetre re-calibrating his party line on Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.

Future of mobility 22-09-2017

London bans Uber over ‘public safety and security’ record

London’s transport authority has revoked the operating licence for ride-hailing app Uber over the American company’s attitude to customer safety and “lack of corporate responsibility”.

Agrifood 22-09-2017

Greece tells China to cancel fake geographical indications

A Greek minister has warned China to cancel fake trademarks of two Greek products including feta cheese in order for a future deal with Brussels on geographical indications to move on.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Don’t protect us from doing business!

It’s always a pleasure to be praised as strategically important. But when looking at the European Commission’s current proposal for screening foreign direct investments, many entrepreneurs ask: what is the strategy? Thilo Brodtmann explains.

CETA 20-09-2017

CETA goes live, but not without foes

On Thursday (21 September), the EU-Canada trade agreement enters provisionally into force, sparking a rehash of old claims.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

EU firms hope China will make good on pledges to open market – report

A top European business lobby said on Tuesday (19 September) that EU companies were suffering from "promise fatigue" caused by China's failure to follow through on pledges to open its market.

Agrifood 19-09-2017

Farmers warn against ‘devastating’ impact of Mercosur on EU beef

European farmers’ unions are urging the European Commission not to allow a surge in beef imports from South America’s Mercosur trading bloc, saying it would have a “devastating impact” on rural jobs and EU food standards.

CETA 19-09-2017

Canada to model post-Brexit Britain trade on CETA

Canada agreed on Monday (18 September) to use its new free trade agreement with Europe as a template for a pact with Britain after its largest trading partner within the European Union leaves the bloc.

Data protection 18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

Agrifood 15-09-2017

What the EU risks by opening up its market to Brazilian sugar cane ethanol

Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support. But trade policy is about more than just open markets; it should also support – rather than work against – a government’s overall objectives, writes Emmanuel Desplechin.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

For the EU, the real ‘Middle Kingdom’ is still the US

In its One Belt, One Road initiative, China is making a bid to dominate the economy of the 20th century. But the real value in today's economy isn't in ports and railroads. The real value is in people – and in the networks that connect them, writes Salvatore Babones.

Development Policy 15-09-2017

UN calls for global economic makeover to replace neoliberalism

The world must ditch austerity and economic neoliberalism and undertake a global "New Deal" to rebalance the global economy and achieve prosperity for all, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report on Thursday (14 September).