Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 24-07-2019

US-EU trade negotiations in stalemate, Malmström says

Almost a year after the joint US-EU statement, “there is a stalemate” in trade negotiations, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström conceded on Tuesday (23 July) speaking before the European Parliament. The talks on a trade agreement concerning the elimination of  tariffs on...
5G 23-07-2019

Ren Zhengfei: ‘Very likely’ Huawei products will be used in UK core 5G networks

Huawei 5G equipment will most probably be used in core aspects of the UK's future 5G network infrastructure, the founder of the Chinese telecommunications giant, Ren Zhengfei has said. His claim runs contrary to the previous stance held by the UK cabinet, which was to permit the company access only to 'non-core' aspects of the country's 5G networks.
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2019

EU redoubles threat to retaliate if US raises auto tariffs

The European Union is keen to work with Washington to reform the World Trade Organization and cooperate on common challenges to global trade, but will retaliate if Washington makes good on its threat to raise car tariffs, a top EU official said on Monday (22 July).
CETA 22-07-2019

French opposition is strongly united against CETA

The French parliament is supposed to ratify the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA) on Tuesday (23 July), but the pending ratification is generating a great deal of opposition in the country. EURACTIV France reports.
CETA 19-07-2019

EU and Canada are the world’s new best friends

The EU-Canada summit focused on the free trade agreement (CETA), saving the WTO and doubling investments in research and development for the energy transition. However, the meeting was more symbolic, confirming that Canada, rather than the US, is now the EU's closest ally. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-07-2019

Ukraine vows to enhance customs collaboration with EU to tackle smuggling

The Ukrainian government has adopted new legislation to strengthen customs cooperation with the European Union in order to better combat corruption and smuggling, including tobacco products, the Mission of Ukraine to the EU has told EURACTIV.
CETA 18-07-2019

EU, Canada trade warm words at bilateral summit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the Canada-EU summit Wednesday (17 July) by praising the "progress" resulting from CETA, their free trade deal, while European Council president Donald Tusk called Ottawa the bloc's "closest transatlantic partner."
Agrifood 16-07-2019

EU farm chief struggles to dispel concerns over Mercosur trade deal

The EU's Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, sought to address national concerns over the proposed EU-Mercosur trade deal during a meeting with the bloc's 28 farm ministers on Monday (15 July).
Agrifood 15-07-2019

EU agriculture chief slams ‘misinformation’ on Mercosur trade deal

There's a lot of misinformation and misplaced facts which have distorted the debate about the recently concluded Mercosur trade deal, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2019

OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2019

German ambassador to the EU: ‘China is changing us’

Europe should increase its economic assertiveness abroad and put forward a new strategy to face China’s rivalry, as the challenges posed by Beijing are already affecting the way European countries are preparing to compete with global powers, experts and diplomats agreed on Thursday (12 July).
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2019

Irish parliament calls on government to thwart EU-Mercosur deal

Ireland's parliament voted on Thursday (11 July) to press the government to lead opposition inside the European Union to a draft trade deal that Brussels has struck with the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.
Digital 11-07-2019

Trump orders French digital tax probe, amid talk of retaliatory tariffs

US President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into France's digital tax plans, which may result in retaliatory tariffs or trade restrictions, should the outcome of the probe identify unfair or discriminatory practices.  
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2019

EU-Mercosur deal divides both sides of the Atlantic

Ten days ago, the EU and four Mercosur countries signed a free trade agreement that will cover a market of 780 million consumers. However, diverging opinions on both sides of the Atlantic remain.  EURACTIV's partner, Euroefe reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2019

The EU must finally tackle Japan on whale industry

As Japan quits the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (IWC) to resume commercial whaling, Joanna Swabe and Matthew Collis urge the European Commission to put pressure on Europe's trading partner to stop killing cetaceans and undermining international law.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2019

Macron defends EU-Mercosur trade deal, as farmers protest

French President Emmanuel Macron defended a huge trade deal agreed by the European Union and four South American countries and warned against "neo-protectionism", as farmers and environmentalists step up their resistance to the accord.
Agrifood 02-07-2019

EU farmers boss: ‘Devastating’ Mercosur trade pact exposes Europe’s double standards

The trade deal recently reached between the EU and Mercosur countries is devastating for European farmers and exposes the bloc’s double standards, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of the EU farmers and cooperatives’ association (Copa-Cogeca), told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2019

US escalates EU aircraft subsidy row with proposed new tariffs worth $4bn

The United States on Monday proposed $4 billion in tariffs on a range of European Union products – including parmesan cheese and Scotch and Irish whiskey – over subsidies for commercial aircraft. The list also includes sausages, hams, pasta, olives...
ASEAN 01-07-2019

Vietnam and EU sign ‘milestone’ free trade agreement

The European Union and Vietnam on Sunday (30 June) signed a long-awaited free trade deal that will slash duties on almost all goods, an agreement that pushes back against a rising tide of global protectionism and hailed as a "milestone" by Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2019

EU, Mercorsur reach trade deal after 20 years of talks

The European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur sealed a blockbuster trade deal Friday, ending 20 years of talks over one of the world's largest regional commercial accords, negotiators said.
ASEAN 28-06-2019

EU trade pact with Vietnam close to finish line

As Brussels relies on bilateral talks to increase trade relations with the ASEAN group, it is getting closer to concluding two free trade agreements with Vietnam. But the European Parliament could yet prove to be a significant obstacle. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2019

Trade and horsetrade: Top five hot-button G20 issues

Global trade, geopolitical hotspots around the world and even horse-trading over top EU jobs, G20 leaders have a lot of their plate when they meet from Friday (28 June) in Osaka.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2019

EU says G20 summit priorities to be multilateralism and WTO reform

World leaders will descend upon Osaka, Japan, next week with a myriad of goals for the international discussions at the 2019 G20 Summit, in the context of growing trade and geopolitical tensions.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2019

Malmström: Mercosur trade deal within reach but ‘not at any price’

EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Monday (17 June) that a trade agreement with Mercosur countries could be concluded by the end of this mandate but “not at any price” as other trade partners await the outcome with “great attention”.

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