About: EU trade

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.

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.

Traditional Dutch cheese [Ali Eminov/Flickr]
CETA 19-06-2017

CETA start hits snag over cheese quota dispute with Canada

The EU's pending trade deal with Canada has hit an unexpected snag over quotas for cheese imported from Europe and EU officials said on Thursday (15 June) they were "hopeful" the two sides could overcome the differences and allow the deal to take effect.

Economy & Jobs 16-06-2017

SMEs are key to inclusive trade, say global experts

Trade has become a scapegoat for complex challenges and many countries, such as the US and the UK, have withdrawn into protectionism. Experts say SMEs should be the starting point for more inclusive global trade and more responsible supply chains.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Trudeau to MEPs: Trade has to work for people

The day after MEPs approved CETA, the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 February) that trade had to work for people who are struggling to make ends meets and raise their families.

Trade & Society 15-02-2017

MEPs approve EU-Canada trade deal

After a heated debate in Parliament on Wednesday (15 February), MEPs have given the green light to the EU-Canada trade agreement, clearing the way for the deal to come into force provisionally this spring.

Brexit 11-02-2017

Juncker will not seek second term as European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker will not seek a second term as European Commission president, once his first mandate ends in 2019.

Brexit 15-12-2016

Flanders wary of Brexit deals with large EU member states

Flanders is worried Britain may cut deals with bigger EU states after Brexit that would hurt the Belgian region's exports to one of its biggest markets, the Flemish premier said after meeting business leaders on Wednesday (14 December).

Trade & Society 02-11-2016

EU seeks faster reforms on human rights ahead of Sri Lanka trade deal

European parliamentarians yesterday (1 November) asked Sri Lanka to step up reforms and abolish draconian anti-terror laws to qualify for lucrative trade concessions from the 28-member bloc.

Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Belgium's political leaders are set for a new round of talks to try and resolve differences that have blocked a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal.

Trade & Society 07-12-2015

EU must use New Zealand as a testing ground for new model of FTA, says trade minister

EXCLUSIVE / The EU and New Zealand can accelerate negotiations for an FTA if they move beyond the historical sensitivities, which are far from real, and try to implement some of the innovations in the Commission's Trade for All strategy.

Trade & Society 16-11-2015

EU to launch trade talks with Australia and Philippines

The EU and Australia have agreed to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) during the margins of the G20 summit in Turkey, whilst also on Monday (16 November), the Council gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on an FTA with the Philippines.

Trade & Society 16-11-2015

González: New EU trade strategy has right ‘software’ to boost growth

The European Commission's Trade for All strategy, unveiled in October, gives the EU the proper tools to chase emerging and growing markets, said Arancha González, in an interview with EURACTIV.

Agrifood 08-07-2015

Europe’s coffee trade: Grounds for reform?

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. 1.6 billion cups are consumed every day and the global market is worth 64 billion euros. But do coffee farmers get a fair share of the profits?

Trade & Society 25-03-2015

Commission to reframe ‘geopolitical’ trade strategy

A new EU trade strategy will be launched later this year responding to the growing number of global trade deals under discussion, and their increasingly high profile and political nature, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Monday (23 March).

Trade & Society 03-02-2015

TTIP transparency means proactive communication with citizens and stakeholders

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers the prospect of economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic, but should not be agreed to without transparent and proactive engagement of all stakeholders, writes Diogo Pinto.

Trade & Society 08-01-2015

How can EU trade policy increase small firm exports further?

In 2010, the European Commission launched its Trade, Growth and World Affairs strategy, the political manifesto for the incoming Trade Commissioner at the time. Five years later, some of the bold objectives set out have already been achieved, writes Lucian Cernat.

Europe's East 16-12-2014

Swiss add names to list to prevent bypassing of Russian sanctions

Switzerland has added 13 people and five organisations to a list designed to stop the country being used as a conduit to circumvent Western sanctions against Russia. Switzerland, which is outside the European Union but is linked by agreements governing trade and other measures, decided in March not to join the sanctions that the EU has imposed over the Ukraine crisis, but has been keen to avoid undermining them.

Trade & Society 25-09-2014

Germany wants investment clause scrapped in EU-Canada trade deal

Germany will not sign a trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless an investment protection clause allowing companies to take cross-border legal action against governments is scrapped, Germany's economy minister said on Thursday (25 September)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger will be assigned the trade portfolio in the new European Commission. [EC]
Trade & Society 22-07-2014

Merkel eyes trade portfolio for Oettinger

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for Günther Oettinger to be assigned the trade portfolio in the new European Commission, fuelling optimism in Germany’s economic sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Sven-Olov Carlsson, President of IOGT International
Health 09-07-2014

DG Trade’s ties to the alcohol industry are cause for concern

Instead of addressing the harm alcohol inflicts to public health, social fabric, economic productivity and even democracy abroad, EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht chooses to praise its trade benefits, writes Sven-Olov Carlsson.

Nick Clegg (left) and Nigel Farage [Liberal Democrats; European Parliament / Flickr]
Brexit 03-04-2014

Farage wins BBC debate, on track for electoral gain

In an election debate on the BBC, eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage beat the liberal and pro-European Nick Clegg, with applause lines that Britain should “free itself” from the EU.

Health 15-03-2012

MEPs call for end to child labour in cocoa trade

Europeans are among the world’s biggest consumers and producers of chocolates, but members of the European Parliament want to stronger measures to ensure that a key ingredient in candy and confections wasn't harvested with child labour.