Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Juncker casts doubt on resolving tariff dispute with Trump by 1 May deadline

The EU is unlikely to secure permanent exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs by the time President Trump’s stopgap reprieve from the measures expires on 1 May, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.
CETA 23-03-2018

Free trade agreements struggle to convince on social, environmental standards

There are real concerns about the lowering of social and environmental standards in free trade agreements, and NGOs and economists point out the lack of binding control mechanisms in trade deals. reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Trump temporarily excludes EU from higher tariffs, announces measures to ‘punish’ China

US President Donald Trump yesterday (22 March) temporarily excluded six countries and the European Union from higher import duties on steel and aluminium due to come into effect today.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

EU leaders postpone decision on trade amid wariness over US tariff exemption

EU leaders postponed a decision on trade as the first day of a European Council summit wrapped up around 1AM on Friday morning (23 March), in a display of their wariness about the Trump administration’s announcement hours earlier that it will exempt Europe from tariffs on steel and aluminium.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

Trump to hold off steel tariffs for EU, six other countries

U.S. President Donald Trump will not apply new steel and aluminium tariffs to the European Union and six other trading partners which are currently negotiating exemptions, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Thursday (22 March).
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

The Brief – Easy Rider under attack

The iconic Harley-Davidson is the most American of institutions. Incidentally, it is also one of the first targets in a transatlantic trade war.
Future EU 22-03-2018

EU leaders back UK on Russia, hold off on trade

Leaders of the 28 EU member states meet in Brussels on 22-23 March for high-level talks on issues ranging from the Salisbury poisoning attack to visions for a reform of the eurozone.
ASEAN 21-03-2018

ASEAN countries unconvinced by EU trade pact

South East Asian countries are dragging their feet on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, with officials saying that the countries still need to be convinced of the benefits of the region-to-region deal.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

German minister offers hope of detente on Trump tariffs

A compromise could be reached as soon as this week between the European Union and United States over the tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on steel and aluminium, a German minister said Monday (19 March).
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2018

Germany breaks ranks with rush White House meeting on tariffs

The new German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier will meet with senior US officials on Monday and Tuesday (19-20 March) to discuss the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminium shortly before EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström arrives in Washington, officials confirmed to EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

EU conflict minerals bill still three years from becoming reality

Nearly a year after being signed off by MEPs and ministers, the EU’s long-awaited conflict minerals law is still three years from going live.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

EU farm support does not distort trade, Commission tells Washington

The EU financial support to farmers, including to Spanish olive producers, does not distort trade, European Commission sources told in light of the rising tensions between Brussels and the US government over trade.