Trade & Society

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).

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

Better EU-China relations limited by persistent doubts on both sides, says report

The EU and China, the world’s second and third largest economies, should be looking to turn their trade relations into a genuine partnership but both are still wary of protectionism and unfair competition, according to a comprehensive report published on Wednesday (13 September).

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

US protectionism is bad for everyone, especially for America itself

Since the election of Donald Trump, US trade policy is threatening to become more and more protectionist and this could be a wake-up call for Europe to strengthen its single market and stabilise the European Union,  writes Thieß Petersen.

CETA 13-09-2017

Juncker’s trade push starts with Australia, New Zealand

As anticipated in recent weeks, trade topped the Juncker Commission’s priorities for the rest of its mandate.

Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

MEPs stick to their guns on EU anti-dumping reform, China

European Commission trade chief, Cecilia Malmström, will travel to Strasbourg on Tuesday (12 September) to seek an agreement with Parliament on new EU anti-dumping rules, but MEPs remain firm and refuse a 'de facto' recognition of Market Economy Status (MES) for China.

Economy & Jobs 11-09-2017

Brazil tells the EU ‘it won’t move’ on Mercosur talks without ethanol and beef

Brazil insists that it will not table a new offer as part of the ongoing EU-Mercosur talks until a proposal on beef and ethanol is on the table. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

EU demands protection of geographical indications in Brexit Britain

The European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protection of food products labelled with the EU’s geographical indications after Brexit.

Energy 11-09-2017

Solar industry says EU tariffs on Chinese imports will raise panel prices

Europe’s solar industry has condemned an EU vote to impose another round of duties on Chinese imports, just weeks before a US trade panel is due to rule on similar tariffs. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

CETA 08-09-2017

Europe braces for CETA, attacks its legality in top EU court

Two weeks before the EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force, France evaluates its environmental and health impacts and Belgium challenges the agreement in the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 06-09-2017

Belgium seeks EU court opinion on EU-Canada free trade deal

Belgium asked the European Court of Justice on Wednesday (6 September) for its view on the EU-Canada free-trade agreement, part of a compromise reached with its French-speaking Wallonia region, which had threatened to block the deal last year.

BRICS 05-09-2017

At BRICS summit, China’s Xi urges resistance to protectionism

President Xi Jinping told an international summit today (5 September) that although the global economy had improved, risk factors had also increased.

Economy & Jobs 01-09-2017

Even in the age of Brexit and Trump, business can help drive responsible trade

For growth and trade to be truly responsible, they must become more inclusive and governments and businesses are both critical to making this happen, write Arancha González and Christian Ewert.

Economy & Jobs 31-08-2017

Brazil in push to bring EU-Mercosur deal to conclusion

The EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are aiming to conclude their free trade negotiations by the end of 2017. Difficult bargaining lies ahead on bread-and-butter market access issues. A European tour by Brazil’s foreign minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira this week is aiming at building political capital to that end.

Economy & Jobs 30-08-2017

Juncker to push for new trade agreements in Union speech

The Commission president will ask for mandates to negotiate new free trade agreements, and will propose a framework to screen foreign investment, as part of a trade package to be announced during his state of the EU address on 13 September, officials told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 29-08-2017

Bulk tobacco smuggling increases, worrying OLAF and Commission

Illegal sale of fine cut tobacco is on the rise in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, depriving state budgets of millions of euros in unpaid taxes and causing concern in the EU's anti-fraud office, OLAF, and the European Commission.

Brexit 24-08-2017

UK finance sector fights to preserve ‘passporting’ rights

The UK's financial sector is seeking an "ambitious" trade pact between Britain and the EU to try to prevent a costly shift of jobs and business to the continent once the country leaves the bloc, according to a draft report seen by Reuters.