Trade & Society

WTO authorises EU tariffs on $4 billion of US goods over Boeing dispute

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

The World Trade Organisation authorised on Tuesday (13 October) the EU to impose tariffs on US exports worth $4 billion in compensation for the subsidies given to Boeing by Washington. 

Economy & Jobs 16-10-2020

EU trade policy needs more than just repainting the front door

The EU's trade policy needs a radical overhaul following Parliament's opposition to the EU-Mercosur treaty, write Raphael Glucksmann and Agnes Jongerius.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

EU set to get WTO green light for US tariffs

One year after sanctioning the EU for its support of Airbus, the World Trade Organization is expected Tuesday (13 October) to let the bloc impose sanctions on the United States for aid to Boeing.
Climate change 09-10-2020

Leaked EU-Mercosur trade deal lacks teeth on climate, activists say

A leaked version of the EU-Mercosur treaty negotiation text, published by Greenpeace Germany, has no provisions to ensure the Paris climate agreement is enforced, leaving the door open to further deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners say.
Agrifood 08-10-2020

US dubs EU’s ‘farm to fork’ agriculture plans ‘protectionist’

Washington could complain to the World Trade Organisation if the European Union goes ahead with a farming strategy that it believes "protectionist", US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue warned Wednesday (7 October).
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

Wanted: a positive trade agenda for Europe

Trade Commissioner nominee Valdis Dombrovskis needs to go back to basics and create a positive EU trade agenda. It is vital that the EU chooses a more open path and resists the renewed pressure for protectionism, argue Fredrik Persson and Anna Stellinger.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2020

Dombrovskis announces new defense instrument against trade ‘bullies’

The European Commission's executive vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, told the European Parliament on Friday (2 October) that he will put forward a new mechanism to protect the EU from the coercive manoeuvres of trade partners like US and China.
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2020

WTO backs EU tariffs on $4 bln US goods over Boeing subsidies – sources

The World Trade Organisation has authorised the European Union to impose tariffs on US goods worth $4 billion to retaliate against subsidies for American planemaker Boeing Co, people familiar with the matter said.
Climate change 25-09-2020

Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected

Kenya's candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation pledged on Thursday to integrate climate change issues into the WTO agenda if selected.
EU-China 25-09-2020

Chinese business group reacts to EU plan against state-backed foreign buyers

The European Commission's plan to fence off the EU's industrial crown jewels from state-backed foreign buyers may breach WTO rules, lobbying group the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU said in its feedback on the proposal.
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2020

Will environmental failings bring down the EU-Mercosur deal?

It’s taken 20 years to build but Europe’s trade deal with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries is looking increasingly like a rush job – with its environmental and social aspects the most shoddy, writes Amandine Van der Berghe....
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2020

Germany revives hopes for EU-Mercosur deal

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Monday (21 September) said he still believes ratification of an EU trade deal with South America is possible, despite European anger over deforestation in Brazil.
Climate change 21-09-2020

France says opposes EU-Mercosur trade deal over deforestation concerns

France remains opposed to a free trade deal in its current proposed form between the EU and South American countries due to "major" concerns about deforestation in the region, the government said on Friday (18 September).
Global Europe 16-09-2020

WTO faults US over Trump’s China tariffs

The World Trade Organization has upheld a complaint by China over additional US duties on some $250 billion of Chinese goods, a decision that sparked outrage in Washington.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2020

Dombrovskis and McGuinness hearings scheduled for 12 October 

Commissioners-designate Valdis Dombrovskis and Mairead McGuinness will face their European Parliament hearings to take over Trade and Financial Services on 12 October, with EU lawmakers to decide on their nominations the following week.
Energy 14-09-2020

EU to withdraw free CO2 pollution credits to clear way for carbon border tax

The European Commission plans to withdraw free allowances given to polluting industries under the EU’s emission trading system (ETS) in order to clear the way for their inclusion in the bloc's upcoming carbon border adjustment mechanism, the EU executive's vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, said on Monday (14 September).
Economy & Jobs 10-09-2020

Time to put the European Green Deal at the heart of trade policy

Trade Commissioner nominee Valdis Dombrovskis faces a packed in-tray. The EU's trade policy needs a complete overhaul in order to be adapted to the EU’s new sustainability goals and to harness globalization, write Anna Cavazzini and Saskia Bricmont.  
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

Von der Leyen proposes McGuinness as financial services Commissioner 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed on Tuesday (8 September) Ireland's Mairead McGuinness to become financial services Commissioner, taking over from executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis, who will assume the trade portfolio vacated by Phil Hogan.
Future EU 04-09-2020

A resignation that should have been avoided

Phil Hogan's resignation from the European Commission could have been avoided, but he did not receive the support he should have from the Commission President, argues John Bruton.
Economy & Jobs 31-08-2020

Climate protest against the EU-Mercosur trade deal

Protests against the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement were held on Friday (28 August), with the participating groups citing the incompatibilities of the EU's climate ambitions with actions taken by the Brazilian government.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

Captainless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight

As Roberto Azevedo leaves the World Trade Organization Monday (31 August), the institution faces multiple crises without a captain -- a situation experts warn could drag on for months.
Economy & Jobs 31-08-2020

Chinese minister says EU investment deal is close

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday (30 August) in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year.
Politics 27-08-2020

Phil Hogan: Ireland’s ‘big beast’ EU trade chief

Phil Hogan, the EU trade commissioner who resigned on Wednesday (26 August), was a "big beast" of Irish politics whose bullish demeanour was matched by a nimble talent for backroom manoeuvring.
Economy & Jobs 24-08-2020

Algeria chafes against EU trade deal as deadline looms

Days ahead of a final deadline, activation of a long-planned Algeria-EU trade deal risks unravelling as political and business leaders in the North African country warn it will undermine economic sovereignty.
Coronavirus 21-08-2020

Ireland’s EU commissioner under fire for attending golf event amid COVID restrictions

An Irish Cabinet minister apologised "unreservedly" on Thursday (20 August) for attending a social event with more than 80 people – reported to have included European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan – which may have breached COVID-19 regulations.
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