Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 19-05-2020

EU meat and cars will face tariffs in no-deal scenario, warns UK

The UK will slap tariffs on EU meat and cars from January 2021 if a new trade agreement with the bloc is not finalised by the end of the year, Boris Johnson’s government said on Tuesday (19 May).
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Free trade and Mercosur on the agenda for the German EU Presidency

The resumption of negotiations on the controversial Mercosur agreement and trade policy with the United States are among the priorities of the German EU Council Presidency. This is unlikely to please other member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Europe should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers, Weber says

The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc's largest political alliance said on Sunday (17 May).
Brexit 15-05-2020

EU-UK talks on the brink after both sides blame each other for ‘disappointing’ round

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK appear to be on the brink of collapse after the chief negotiators from the two sides blamed each other on Friday (15 May) r for the ‘stalemate’ at the heart of the talks.
Brexit 14-05-2020

Divisions open over ‘lower agriculture standards’ in future US-UK pact

Divisions have opened within the UK government following reports that Boris Johnson’s administration is preparing to offer increased access to the UK market for US agriculture exports and possibly lower the bar on environmental and health standards.
Global Europe 13-05-2020

EU seeks trade truce with US amid virus crisis

The EU's top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2020

French, Dutch join forces to urge EU to show teeth on trade

France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to enforce environmental and labour standards more forcefully with countries the bloc signs trade deals with, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Agrifood 04-05-2020

EU-Mexico trade deal prompts French farming backlash

The European Union signed a free trade agreement with Mexico on Tuesday (28 April), provoking strong reactions. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Global Europe 30-04-2020

New human rights laws in 2021, promises EU justice chief

The European Commission will propose new rules on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence in EU companies' global supply chain, the bloc’s justice commissioner has confirmed.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

Is the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for fairer global trade?

Global value chains are particularly impacted by the pandemic. Could a European supply chain law be an answer to the current challenges?
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

EU aims to bar ‘predatory’ takeovers of weakened firms

EU trade ministers vowed on Thursday (16 April) to protect strategic European companies weakened by the virus-triggered downturn from "predatory" takeovers.
EU Priorities 2020 16-04-2020

EU to delay human and minority rights initiatives due to COVID-19

Despite warnings that COVID-19 may particularly affect the rights of already at-risk populations, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of delaying a host of initiatives intended to improve gender equality and protect human, sexual and ethnic minority rights, according to a draft internal working document seen by EURACTIV.
Aerospace 07-04-2020

Aerospace giants face massive virus disruption to order books

The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus is also threatening the aviation industry. While Boeing's production of commercial aircraft is virtually at a standstill, Airbus intends to downsize production. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

EU’s INSTEX mechanism facilitates first transaction with pandemic-hit Iran

The EU says that its Iran-trading mechanism INSTEX, designed to allow Europeans to bypass US sanctions and continue trade with Tehran, has successfully concluded its first transaction. However, the humanitarian deal actually doesn't appear to contravene EU sanctions.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Belgium ends supermarket discounts ban

Belgium will end a two-week ban on supermarket promotions and discounts designed to discourage panic-buying after complaints that consumers were facing higher prices at a time of economic hardship due to the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2020

US exports to the EU still three times higher than to China

The export of US goods to the EU totalled $337 billion in 2019, an increase of 6% on the previous year, according to the Transatlantic Economy 2020 report, published on Thursday (26 March). At the same time, that figure was three times higher than the total of goods exported from the United States to China.
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

Protective equipment joint purchase ready in two weeks, Commission says

International suppliers will be ready to provide personal protective equipment for fighting COVID-19  within two weeks, following the European Commission joint procurement initiative, the EU executive announced on Tuesday (24 March).
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2020

Amid COVID-19 recession concerns, US aircraft tariffs come into effect

The Trump administration enacted its planned duty rate increase for aircraft imported from the EU on Wednesday (18 March), amid the continuing spread of COVID-19 and fears of a subsequent recession. These measures will increase the rate from 10 to 15%, particularly impacting Airbus.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2020

Will COVID-19 turn Germany’s export-oriented economy into a weakness?

The corona crisis is hitting Germany and with it the export-oriented medium-sized companies and world market leaders. A survey of them by WirtschaftsWoche reveals open flanks, but also hope and optimism.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2020

Expert : Germany could use EU presidency to shape EU-China relations

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, director of the Asia programme of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Dr Janka Oertel, described how Germany could play a pivotal role in changing the EU's relations with China and might even force the exclusion of Huawei from the planned 5G expansion across the EU.
Global Europe 10-03-2020

For Germans, which US presidential candidate is more economically literate?

With Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the only Democrats front-runners left in this year's presidential race. But do Germans thinks they are more economically literate than Donald Trump? EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-03-2020

Von der Leyen sees ‘momentum’ for improving EU-US relations

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday (5 March) "there might be momentum” for improving the EU's relationship with the US, but it remained unclear when she will present a trade offer to US President Donald Trump to avoid further tariffs.
Climate change 28-02-2020

Brussels’ anti-climate-dumping quest in the spotlight

EU trade and industry ministers weighed into a discussion on a carbon border tax on Thursday (27 February), as the bloc’s internal market chief said the tariff will be ready to deploy “as soon as possible”.
Economy & Jobs 24-02-2020

The EU must stop importing human rights violations

The EU needs to adopt a mandatory due diligence approach to supply chain management to ensure that it stops importing human rights violations, argue Anna Cavazzini and Heidi Hautala.
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