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04/05/2016

Britain would be less well off after Brexit: OECD

Trade & Society


Transport 04-05-2016

Courier giant ushers in ‘future of aviation’ with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Development Policy 04-05-2016

Cracks appear in EU-ACP unity at Cotonou meeting in Dakar

Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar last week of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group.
Trade & Society 04-05-2016

Since when is TTIP not a BIG deal?

If the European Commission wishes to live up to its promise to take protection of our standards seriously, it has to cut short on its spin that a deal by the end of this year is still achievable, writes Monique Goyens.
Trade & Society 04-05-2016

Timmermans: Transparency is needed to ‘reconnect with sceptical citizens'

Frans Timmermans claimed on Monday (2 May) that the EU was a world leader in trade transparency, as he called for a compulsory register of lobbyists in Brussels.
UK & Europe 04-05-2016

UK shouldn’t follow Swiss or Norwegian model

There is no doubt that UK manufacturing and wider business is best served by being in the EU and by continuing to be influential in defining the future direction of the framework conditions for manufacturing companies in the bloc, writes Adrian Harris.

Emissions trading should not be a scapegoat for steel industry

Scapegoating climate protection is not only factually wrong, it will also prevent the German and European steel industry from gearing up for the future, writes Annalena Baerbock.
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

France claims TTIP talks likely to stop

Negotiations on the planned TTIP agreement between the US and the EU are likely to grind to a halt because of Washington's reluctance to make concessions, a top French trade official warned today (3 May).
UK & Europe 03-05-2016

Brexit would put £250 billion in trade at risk, 'In' campaign says

A British vote to leave the European Union could put £250 billion (€318 billion) of trade at risk, both with EU member states, and with the more than 50 countries that have free-trade agreements with the bloc, campaigners to remain said yesterday (2 May).
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

US ‘not particularly concerned’ by TTIP leaks

The United States denounced yesterday (2 May) interpretations of leaked documents on its free-trade negotiations with the European Union, insisting the proposed trade pact would not weaken health and environmental standards.
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

Canada to compensate dairy farmers for Europe trade deal

The Canadian government said on Monday (2 May) it would compensate the country's dairy farmers for increased European imports allowed under a pending free trade deal.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Health and consumer groups say TTIP leak confirms fears

The leaked documents of current US positions in the ongoing transatlantic trade talks have made health and consumer rights organisations wary that EU legislation could still be watered down under the agreement.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Chief TTIP negotiator: Greenpeace statements 'wrong'

The EU's chief TTIP negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero said on Monday that Greenpeace’s leaked text about EU-US negotiations on a transatlantic trade deal “is not a reflection of the outcome of the negotiation.”


Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Commission lashes out at TTIP leaks as ‘storm in a teacup'

The EU hit back at Greenpeace on Monday (2 May) for promoting "misconceptions" after it leaked documents about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) showing that the US is pressuring Brussels to roll back health and environmental standards.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

France, US exchange warnings over agriculture in trade pact

French President François Hollande threatened on Sunday (1 May) to reject the ambitious TTIP trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, triggering similar warnings from the US regarding exports of farm produce to Europe
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Greenpeace to publish 248 pages of TTIP leaks

Greenpeace said yesterday (1 May) it was in possession of leaked documents showing that a planned huge free trade deal between the United States and the European Union poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety".
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

CETA runs into trouble with Dutch, Walloon parliaments

Just days after rejecting the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in a nationwide vote, the Dutch parliament has passed a motion rejecting provisional application of the EU-Canada trade deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
UK & Europe 29-04-2016

Pro-Brexit economists hail benefit of scrapping EU tariffs and rules

Britain would be richer if it left the European Union, a group of British economists said on Thursday (28 April), in contrast to warnings from leading global institutions of a big hit to output and living standards.
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.
Sustainable Dev. 29-04-2016

Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

Central to the Circular Economy Package, the 2015-2017 ecodesign strategy will not be presented by the Commission until autumn 2016. Some see this as an attempt not to upset UK businesses. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

German companies seek to break America

US President Barack Obama's drive to reindustrialise his country offers German companies huge opportunites if they are able to negotiate certain hurdles. EurActiv’s new partner WirtschaftsWoche reports from the Hannover Messe.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

Fear of TTIP, globalisation, or a middle class downgrade?

Beyond the technical questions of regulation and trade barriers, TTIP taps into middle class concerns about the nature of globalisation and demographic change, writes Elvire Fabry.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

Brexit a threat to London's FinTech dominance, industry says

82% of British financial technology companies want the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, according to recent a poll by the industry association. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Trade & Society 27-04-2016

TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as 'environmental deterrent'

Chevron lobbied the EU to give foreign investors the legal right to challenge government decisions in a major US-EU trade deal because it would act as a deterrent against laws such as fracking bans, the Guardian can reveal.
UK & Europe 27-04-2016

Britain would be less well off after Brexit: OECD

Britons would be less well off if they voted to leave the European Union than if they stayed, the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday (27 April).