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CETA 06-09-2017

Belgium seeks EU court opinion on EU-Canada free trade deal

Belgium asked the European Court of Justice on Wednesday (6 September) for its view on the EU-Canada free-trade agreement, part of a compromise reached with its French-speaking Wallonia region, which had threatened to block the deal last year.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2017

German export surplus: Less is more

A reduction of Germany's trade surplus is in the long-term self-interest of the country itself, writes Thieß Petersen.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2017

Gambardella: EU, China should move beyond stereotypes

EU companies’ investment opportunities in China will keep on growing but the EU should understand that the super-preferential treatment it received for years is over and should move beyond stereotypes, ChinaEU President Luigi Gambardella told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2017

MEPs slam labour rights in EU-Korea trade deal review

MEPs voted today (18 May) to support a motion for a resolution on the outcomes of a five-year-old free trade agreement with South Korea, which praises the agreement for its positive effect on trade and integration between the two countries. But it also calls on the Commission to act on labour right violations in the Asian country.
Global Europe 27-01-2017

Pakistani minister: We want a ‘GSP-Plus’ trade deal with Brexit Britain

EXCLUSIVE / Pakistani Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told EURACTIV.com that the UK leaving the EU was a “tremendous loss” for Pakistan’s dealings with Brussels, and that he would like a GSP-Plus deal with post-Brexit Britain.
Trade & Society 18-03-2016

EU in Latin America trade push

The EU is in a drive to deepen trade ties with Latin America. It is eager to do business with Cuba, and on the cusp of relaunching negotiations with Mercosur. We will soon start learning what some of the commercial stakes are, in key talks to be launched with Mexico and Chile.
Trade & Society 16-11-2015

González: New EU trade strategy has right ‘software’ to boost growth

The European Commission's Trade for All strategy, unveiled in October, gives the EU the proper tools to chase emerging and growing markets, said Arancha González, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 12-11-2015

North-South divide in new EU trade strategy, says rapporteur

The EU's new Trade for All strategy, presented last month by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, seems to favour northern countries too much, MEP Tiziana Beghin told EURACTIV ahead of a hearing in Parliament on Thursday (12 November).
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Economy & Jobs 20-10-2015

TTIP: What next for jobs and growth?

Negotiations between the United States and the European Union on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership began in July 2013.
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Global Europe 07-10-2015

EU-Taiwan relations need update

Taiwanese businesses thinking to invest abroad do not automatically think about Europe because bilateral relations between the two commercial partners have been low-profile, said Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang, Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, in an interview with EURACTIV. “We need to push that to a higher profile,” he added, speaking in favour of a Bilateral Investment Agreement.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Oxfam Germany director: ‘TTIP would intensify inequality in developing countries’

Developing countries will be among the biggest losers if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is implemented, warns Marion Lieser, explaining what a socially and ecologically fair trade deal would look like.
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Global Europe 09-01-2015

EU should tango with Taiwanese tiger and Chinese dragon

Europe is losing out both economically and politically by letting China dictate its trade diplomacy towards Taiwan, Maaike Okano-Heijmans and Roy Chun Lee argue.
Europe's East 19-12-2014

China boosts investment in Central and Eastern Europe

At the third summit of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), held in Belgrade on 16 and 17 December, China announced new funds and ventures with the region, stressing that the cooperation will be in line with European standards. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Trade & Society 09-12-2014

ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.

Developing countries face EU funding ban if they break intellectual property rules

The European Commission will ban developing countries from EU programmes, or cut their funding, if they persistently break intellectual property rights rules, according to a trade strategy published yesterday (1 July).
Protests at the European Business Summit

Hundreds of protesters arrested in Brussels as business leaders debate ‘maintaining citizen’s trust’

SPECIAL REPORT / 240 people were arrested on Thursday (15 May) around the European Business Summit venue in Brussels during non-violent protests organised by trade unions and citizens’ groups.
Trade & Society 10-03-2014

Report: Investor-state lawsuits worth €1.7 billion rage across Europe

Greece, Cyprus and Spain are facing claims from speculative investors worth more than €1.7 billion in a series of eurozone-related investor-state disputes that could spiral dramatically under a proposed EU-US trade deal known as TTIP, a new report says.
Trade & Society 21-02-2014

EU-US trade talks seen dragging on until mid-2016

As the European Union and the United States wrap up a week of talks on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) in Washington, the EU still says it hopes to have something to show before the European elections in May. But observers say the real, final deadline is mid 2016, just before the US elections.
Development Policy 12-12-2013

EU-Africa trade partnership negotiations stalled

The upcoming deadline imposed by the European Commission to revise the EU's preferential trade agreements with former colonies in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region is raising concern among African countries.

NGOs fear TTIP clauses will affect EU chemicals regulation

Last week, Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could include Investor-State Dispute Settlement procedures which will not allow foreign investors to go to court in the US. Green Party observers have called the statement 'astonishing'.
Trade & Society 04-10-2013

Tajani has chance to push EU-Brazil economic cooperation

Commissioner Antonio Tajani must seize the opportunity next week during his mission to Brazil to increase the business content of the strategic partnership and foster bilateral economic cooperation, at a time when both the EU and Brazilian economies need it most, writes Luigi Gambardella.
Trade & Society 20-06-2013

EU-US trade negotiations must be transparent

The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States must be opened up for public scrutiny, aruges Natacha Cingotti.
Trade & Society 31-05-2013

Kazakhstan: Rising star or falling short of results?

Energy-rich Kazakhstan is a key country for the European Union as it seeks to diversify its energy supplies in Central Asia and the Caspian region, write Jos Boonstra and Tika Tsertsvadze.
Trade & Society 16-05-2013

Lamy: EU should put China, Africa at the centre of its radar

China and Africa will be an important engine for economic growth in the next 20 years and Europe should seize the opportunity to engage with them strategically and not see them as a threat, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said Wednesday (15 May) in Brussels, where he attended the European Business Summit.