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Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

China, WTO members join EU’s ad-hoc appellate body in Davos

EU member states reached an agreement on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum with 16 World Trade Organisation members, including China, to establish an ad-hoc appeal body and overcome the US blockage of the global trade-regulating system.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Trump revives trade battle with Europe with threat to cars

US President Donald Trump, fresh from calling a trade truce with China, threatened on Wednesday (22 January) to impose crippling tariffs on European autos unless the EU budges on a transatlantic deal. The European Union talked up hopes for such...
Transport 22-01-2020

German raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud

German prosecutors have raided 10 business premises as part of a probe into suspected diesel emissions cheating involving Mitsubishi cars, the latest fallout from the so-called "dieselgate" scandal.
Global Europe 22-01-2020

US administration declines to release report targeting imported cars as national security threat

The Trump administration is snubbing Congress by refusing to turn over a report detailing an investigation into national security risks potentially posed by imported vehicles and auto parts, citing pending international negotiations and executive branch deliberations.
Central Asia 21-01-2020

Croatian Presidency praises Kazakhstan for readiness to host ‘difficult’ WTO ministerial

The Croatian EU Presidency praised Kazakhstan on Monday (20 January) for its initiative to host a ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at a time when the world trade body is facing a deep crisis.
Global Europe 21-01-2020

Macron backs down on digital tax following Trump’s tariff threats

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (20 January) he had a "great discussion" with US President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #1

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world's most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.

‘Jury is still out’ on EU’s carbon border tax, Hogan says

The European Commission will not reveal its approach on the EU’s proposed carbon border tax until late 2020 or early 2021, when it concludes a detailed feasibility analysis, said Phil Hogan, the EU’s trade commissioner.
Agrifood 17-01-2020

French forest industry not taking advantage of ever-growing forests

The forest continues to expand in France, according to industry figures, but the industry is not making the most of it. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 17-01-2020

Auto tariff threat not mentioned in US talks, says EU trade chief

US threats to put tariffs on European autos did not come up during talks this week with American trade officials in Washington, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday (16 January).
Economy & Jobs 17-01-2020

Europe to assess whether US-China deal is WTO compatible

The EU will assess whether a US-China deal to roll back some bilateral tariffs in exchange for increased US imports to China is compatible with World Trade Organisation rules, said Trade commissioner Phil Hogan on Thursday (16 January).
China 15-01-2020

US, China set to sign massive purchases deal, easing trade war

The US-China trade war is set to enter a new, quieter phase on Wednesday (15 January) as US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier sign an initial trade deal that aims to vastly increase Chinese purchases of US manufactured products, agricultural goods, energy and services.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2020

EU, US, Japan agree on proposals to limit subsidies

The EU, US and Japan put forward on Tuesday (14 January) a proposal to limit industrial subsidies among WTO members and explored ways to address forced technology transfers, two issues at the core of ongoing trade frictions with China.
Agrifood 11-01-2020

Agri-food exports to US spike ahead of tariffs storm

The last monthly update on agri-food trade with data until October 2019 confirmed a favourable trend of EU food exports to the US ahead of punitive tariffs promised by the Trump administration.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2020

Fairer EU research funding needed to halt brain drain: Croatia minister

Cash from the EU's research funds must be spread beyond the "old men's club" of prestigious institutions in richer member states to curb the brain drain exacerbating inequalities across the bloc, a Croatian minister said on Thursday (9 January).
Global Europe 08-01-2020

US wine industry fears ‘Armageddon of costs’ from tariffs on French imports

US consumers, companies and workers will pay the biggest price for proposed 100% tariffs on French Champagne and other sparkling wines, cheese, porcelain, enamel cookware and handbags, witnesses told the US government on Tuesday (7 January).
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2020

France and US seek compromise on digital tax in 15 days

France and the US will try to settle their dispute over the French digital tax in 15 days to avoid further tariffs, French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday (7 January).
Economy & Jobs 02-01-2020

Eurozone 2020: The race against the clouds

After seven years of growth, the eurozone's outlook is deteriorating. There is a risk of a recession if the trade war with Washington worsens, while member states continue to disagree over the completion of the economic and monetary union that would help them cope with a downturn.
Politics 23-12-2019

EU charts path for ‘challenging’ post-Brexit UK deal

EU will keep engaging with the UK through the WTO and the UN as both sides work out a deal on their future ties once Britain leaves the bloc, according to the top Brexit negotiator in Brussels, Michel Barnier.
Agrifood 18-12-2019

EU imports of soy should be reduced, says Agriculture Commissioner

The EU should gradually go in the direction of reducing soy imports from third countries, although not overnight, by supporting the production of protein plants in Europe, the EU's Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (16 December).
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2019

China calls for opening free trade talks with the EU

Chinese foreign affairs minister Wang Yi made a “plea” on Monday (16 December) for launching free trade talks with the EU, in parallel with the ongoing negotiations on an investment deal.
Agrifood 16-12-2019

Indonesia hits European Union with WTO lawsuit over palm oil

Indonesia on Sunday (15 December) said it has filed a World Trade Organisation lawsuit against the European Union over plans to phase out palm oil-based biofuel for cars, the trade ministry said.
Brexit 13-12-2019

Leaders ask the Commission for a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with UK

The European Council has asked the Commission to present a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with the UK as soon as possible, following Thursday (12 December) UK elections results that confirmed a strong majority for Boris Johnson.

Coke and nickel keeping EU steel industry up at night

The European Commission is considering removing coking coal from a list of critical raw materials. The steel industry, already facing difficulty importing the raw materials it needs, says this could spell disaster.

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