About: free trade agreements

Calls grow for ‘green clause’ in EU trade deals

There is widespread consensus on the need to level the playing field for European companies confronted with environmental and social dumping from foreign competitors. Just how hard the EU should hit on wrongdoers remains a major sticking point, however.

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.

Agrifood 28-07-2017

Greeks fear they will lose their ‘white gold’ with CETA

Farmers in Greece are concerned about the fate of feta cheese in EU trade agreements with third countries after the EU failed to fully protect the iconic product in the CETA free trade deal with Canada. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Agrifood 26-07-2017

Sowing the seeds of the post-2020 CAP

In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies, and measures to improve environmental accountability. But when the new rules took full effect in 2015, a year behind schedule, some of the same leaders who had approved it called for changes …

Brexit 11-07-2017

Strong trade surplus offers hope for UK services industry post-Brexit

Brexit will take a heavy toll on the UK’s trade in services with the EU but its trade surplus with the rest of the world will cushion the blow if the government can sign new trade deals quickly, experts say.

G20 06-07-2017

EU, Japan officials seal trade agreement, sending messages to Trump

Japan and the European Union should agree Thursday (6 July) to a free trade pact that could be completed within months, after senior officials removed final snags to a political deal intended as a signal to US President Donald Trump.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

At G20, the EU must walk a tightrope on trade policy

At this week’s G-20, global trade will come into the spotlight. It will present EU leaders with the daunting task of juggling economic sanity and political reality, write Ilaria Maselli and Jürgen Matthes.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

Malmström clashes with Greenpeace over EU-Japan deal’s ‘green’ credentials

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström made the case on Monday (26 June) for new trade deals with foreign partners, as fresh criticism emerged about ongoing talks with Japan.

Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

EU-Japan trade deal learns nothing from ‘TTIP mistakes’

The European Commission is negotiating a free trade deal with Japan behind closed doors. Critics complain that Brussels has learned nothing from the controversy surrounding CETA and TTIP. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.

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.

Trade & Society 06-02-2017

MEPs boost protection for banana growers as Ecuador joins FTA

The European Parliament last Thursday (2 February) approved measures to protect European banana producers against increasing competition from imports from Ecuador; a result of the country’s accession to the EU’s trade deal with Colombia and Peru. Euractiv Spain reports.

Trade & Society 05-01-2017

Tokyo targets EU trade deal by end of 2017

The Japanese government plans to accelerate talks with the EU, aiming to sign a free trade deal with the bloc this year, according to Japanese news outlet NHK. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Agrifood 23-12-2016

Japan overtakes Russia in EU agri-food exports

Japan has overtaken Russia as the fourth most important export destination of EU agri-food products after the United States, China, and Switzerland, a new European Commission report has found (23 December).

Trade & Society 08-12-2016

Brussels continues pursuit of elusive Mercosur trade deal

Argentine President Mauricio Macri met with Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on Tuesday (6 December) to discuss strengthening ties between the European Union and the Mercosur trading bloc. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Trade & Society 22-11-2016

MEPs’ sad games undermine the Parliament’s due rights

In their attempt to fast-track the EU-Canada agreement, some MEPs are reversing years of progress in democratising the European Union, warn MEPs Anne-Marie Mineur, Bart Staes and Pavel Poc.

Agrifood 28-10-2016

Diplomat: Changing eating habits in new markets favour EU exports

A rising middle class in emerging markets, focused on food quality, bodes well for EU agri-exports, said Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). EURACTIV.com reports from Athens.

Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA deadlock complicates EU efforts to relaunch trade policy

A Canadian minister left Brussels in tears on Friday (21 October) as Wallonia's staunch opposition to the EU-Canada agreement puts the future of new trade deals at risk.

Trade & Society 11-10-2016

European Commission paralysed over data flows in TiSA trade deal

European Commission officials have struck a deal that could put a clause guaranteeing international data flows into a trade agreement with 22 countries outside the bloc, including the United States and Australia.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.

Agrifood 02-09-2016

France seeks renewed ‘legitimacy’ for EU farm policy post-Brexit

In light of an unprecedented farming crisis, EU agriculture ministers will gather in France today (2 September) to exchange views on the future role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Britain's decision to leave the 28-country bloc.

Brexit 29-08-2016

Brexit fuels Japanese worries over planned trade deal

The prospect of Brexit is giving Japan serious cause for concern as its government fears dwindling interest in a planned free trade agreement with the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Wirtschaftswoche reports.

Health 25-08-2016

EU asks for WTO panel over Colombia’s tax practices on spirits

The European Commission has requested the establishment of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel over Colombia's alleged discrimination against imported spirits.

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).