Trade & Society

Worlds apart: Switzerland and EU keep talking past each other

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2021

The Swiss foreign minister was in Brussels to launch a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland six months after the Swiss government decided to stop negotiations on a framework agreement between the EU and Switzerland.

Economy & Jobs 12-11-2021

Facing election, France urges EU caution on trade deals

France urged EU partners on Thursday to proceed more firmly and cautiously with trade negotiations, while denying it was blocking the conclusion of any deal before its presidential election in April.
Economy & Jobs 03-11-2021

Why EU needs a stronger commitment from Member States to build efficient capital markets

The European Commission expressed commitment to stronger and more deeply integrated financial markets with its action plan on capital markets union (CMU) published one year ago. This objective cannot be achieved without a strong commitment from the EU Member States, even more crucial now, as Europe recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. 
Brexit 02-11-2021

France postpones fishing row sanctions on Britain

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (1 November) he was postponing planned trade sanctions on Britain so that negotiators from both sides could work on new proposals to defuse their dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights.
Joe Biden and Ursula von der Leyen
Economy & Jobs 01-11-2021

EU and US slash tariffs, start cooperating on ‘green steel’

The US and EU on Sunday (31 October) agreed to end their trade dispute on steel and aluminium and announced steps to promote low-carbon steel production – a move analysts said could open the door to a new way of organising trade around climate objectives.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2021

US, EU end Trump-era tariff war over steel and aluminium

The United States and European Union have agreed to end a festering dispute over US steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018, removing an irritant in transatlantic relations and averting a spike in EU retaliatory...
Brexit 28-10-2021

France threatens harbour ban on UK ships from next week as fishing row deepens

France will ban UK fishing boats from its harbours from next week as part of a series of tough sanctions on Britain unless London moves to resolve a long-running dispute over licences for French fishing vessels.
Economy & Jobs 27-10-2021

Between legality and reality: Mediterranean lessons for EU external action

The reaction to the European Court of Justice’s latest ruling on Western Sahara shows the Union can keep calm and carry on if it focuses on what it is able to achieve instead of aiming outside of its purview, writes Elena Valenciano.
A demonstrator holds a mask decorated in the colors of the East Turkestan during a gathering against the persecution of the Muslim Uyghur community in Xinjiang province, near the Chinese embassy in Paris
Economy & Jobs 25-10-2021

Chinese companies blame “misinformation” for difficult political climate in EU

62% of Chinese companies in Europe believe that the political climate has deteriorated for them. In a recent study, they blame “media disinformation” among other factors, a line commonly used by the Chinese Communist Party to discredit criticism.
Climate change 22-10-2021

Nothing is more blah-blah-blah than the EU’s ‘sustainable’ trade policy

You can put all the sustainability principles you like in trade deals but without means for control, monitoring, enforcement or legal consequences for a failure to comply, they aren’t worth a thing, writes Adélaïde Charlier and Deborah Osei-Mensah.
China 21-10-2021

China vows to open up market, but US sees no change

China on Wednesday (20 October) promised the World Trade Organization it would further open its vast market, but the United States swiftly countered that Beijing showed "no inclination to change".
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2021

Chinese business chief wants climate dialogue instead of CBAM

China wants more dialogue with Europe on climate measures, according to the chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to the EU, who also detailed China's new data security law, which he said was the equivalent of the EU's data protection rules.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2021

‘It will never work!’ Outgoing Eurochambres president criticises EU emission targets

In an interview with EURACTIV, the outgoing president of Eurochambres, an association of European chambers of commerce, has criticised the EU’s environmental policy and called for more trade "with all parts of the world", including China and Russia.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2021

The EU’s path to trade sustainability

As public support for EU free trade deals is waning, civil society groups are hoping to help tighten the bloc's standards on trade sustainability as part of an ongoing consultation.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2021

South Korean trade minister calls for closer ties with the EU

Ten years after the free trade agreement between the EU and South Korea was signed, South Korean trade minister Yeo seeks to modernize it by including investment protection and new technologies.

Brussels seeks ‘international coalition’ on trade in green goods

The European Commission will convene a ministerial meeting next year to promote trade as a way of reaching climate and environmental objectives in what could be the first step towards the creation of a “climate club” called for by Germany....
Global Europe 29-09-2021

Western Sahara: EU Court annuls trade and fishery deals with Morocco

The General Court of the EU annulled on Wednesday (29 September) two agreements between the EU and Morocco that applied to Western Sahara, a territory occupied by Morocco. The court ruled in favour of the Polisario Front, which had filed...
Digital & Media 29-09-2021

EU and US hold first trade and technology talks amid tensions

The new EU-US Trade and Technology (TTC) is set to hold its first meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (29 September), in the shadow of the submarine dispute between France and Washington, which had put the transatlantic relationship to the test.
Languages & Culture 28-09-2021

Provenance and heritage in the EU: why we should preserve European products of origin

The EU should ensure that our continent’s craft heritage is protected and easily identifiable internationally, writes Sebastiano Costalonga.
Global Europe 28-09-2021

US to press for semiconductor relief at EU tech meeting

US President Joe Biden will use this week's inaugural technology ministerial with the European Union to push for solutions to the nagging semiconductor supply issue that has hit the American economy, officials said Monday (27 September).
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2021

A chance for a transatlantic reset

The Trade and Technology Council marks an opportunity for de-escalation and bridge-building in the troubled transatlantic relationship, writes Anna Michelle Asimakopoulos.
Global Europe 27-09-2021

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) will give Europe more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU's trade and digital chiefs said, underscoring global concerns about China's growing power.
China 24-09-2021

Taiwan blasts ‘arch criminal’ China for Pacific trade pact threats

China is an "arch criminal" intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan's government said in an escalating war of words over Taipei and Beijing's decision to apply.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

GAFA targeted by both the US and EU ahead of tech and trade meeting

The United States and European Union plan to take a more unified approach to limit the growing market power of Big Tech companies, according to a leaked draft memo. The move will be among announcements on tech, climate, trade and...
EU-China 23-09-2021

European business group calls for China to end self-reliance strategy

China should abandon a top-level strategy promoted by President Xi Jinping to increase self-reliance, or risk harming innovation and growth prospects, said a European business group on Thursday (23 September).