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Economy & Jobs 11-09-2017

Brazil tells the EU ‘it won’t move’ on Mercosur talks without ethanol and beef

Brazil insists that it will not table a new offer as part of the ongoing EU-Mercosur talks until a proposal on beef and ethanol is on the table. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 29-10-2015

Rights abuses revealed in EU free-trade candidate Malaysia

A leading candidate for a free trade agreement with the EU has been accused of a major crackdown on human rights, in what could be a test case for Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström’s new focus on an ethical dimension to FTAs.
Trade & Society 28-10-2015

Germany calls for more TTIP transparency

The President of the Bundestag has called for more transparency in the TTIP negotiations, otherwise he will vote against the trade agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Trade & Society 19-05-2015

National Front joins anti-TTIP lobby

The National Front launched a campaign against the transatlantic trade pact this week, two years after negotiations began between the EU and the United States. EURACTIV France reports
Trade & Society 16-04-2015

TTIP still a hard sell in Paris

Cecilia Malmström this week fielded questions from French MPs on the transatlantic trade deal. Despite determined French opposition, she hopes for a breakthrough that would see the agreement signed before the end of President Obama's mandate in 2017. EURACTIV France reports
Agrifood 09-03-2015

Paris caught meddling in TTIP arbitration debate

France has blamed a communication "failure" after EURACTIV revealed the existence of a letter instructing French MEPs how to vote on the controversial question of ISDS. Paris tried to rectify the error by sending another confidential letter to MEPs on 4 March. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 27-02-2015

France makes U-turn on TTIP arbitration

Paris has warned French MEPs not to shut the door on Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms by voting against ISDS. EURACTIV France reports
Trade & Society 07-10-2013

TTIP: Health sector braced for ‘damage control’

SPECIAL REPORT / While EU-US trade talks are expected to generate great economic benefits on both sides of the Atlantic, the impact of a trade agreement on the EU's healthcare systems will surely be negative, experts warn.
EU Priorities 2020 26-11-2009

EU, China to ink clean coal deal at summit

Leaders from China and Europe will sign a new Science and Technology Agreement at next week's summit in Nanjing, where progress is also likely on a major near-zero emissions coal project.
Trade & Society 15-10-2009

EU trade pact with South Korea faces criticism

The European Union and South Korea today (15 October) signed a long-awaited trade pact potentially worth 100 billion euros ($149 billion), but the agreement has attracted criticism from industry.
Trade & Society 21-10-2008

New UK commissioner vows to rescue trade talks

The UK's commissioner-designate Catherine Ashton gave an assured performance during a three-hour grilling at the European Parliament yesterday (20 October), where she promised to rescue global trade talks if approved as the EU's new trade commissioner.
Trade & Society 28-07-2008

Banana deal raises chances for WTO breakthrough

A week of intense discussions in Geneva has brought World Trade Organisation countries closer to a global trade pact. But disputes between the world's emerging economies threaten to scupper chances of achieving a deal this week.
Trade & Society 18-07-2008

Hopes high for ‘last chance’ world trade talks

Only a few question marks remain in stuttering, six-year long negotiations on freeing up global trade, top EU and US trade officials said ahead of another "crunch" WTO ministerial meeting on Monday (21 July).
Global Europe 09-06-2008

Low expectations for Bush’s last EU-US summit

Climate change and trade will top the agenda of the EU-US summit on 9-10 June. But no real progress should be expected before the new US President takes over next year, predicts President George W. Bush's former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta in an interview with EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 21-05-2008

EU business, farmers criticise new WTO proposals

Despite optimism from World Trade Organisation officials that new negotiating drafts presented on 19 and 20 May will act as a "springboard" towards achieving a global trade pact, the EU and its major trading partners have reacted cautiously.
Trade & Society 22-01-2008

EU, US expect trade progress on Davos sidelines

The World Economic Forum, which starts in Davos today (22 January), could help towards achieving a much-awaited breakthrough in WTO negotiations on freeing up global trade, top EU and US trade officials have announced.
Trade & Society 23-11-2007

EU, ASEAN to push for trade deal despite Myanmar discord

European and Southeast Asian leaders agreed to step up efforts towards concluding a deal establishing what would be one of the largest free-trade zones in the world, at a bilateral summit in Singapore. But talks were overshadowed by disagreements about how to deal with the military dictatorship in Myanmar following its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in September.
Trade & Society 19-11-2007

EU lowers trade expectations from ex-colonies

European foreign ministers are expected to agree on Tuesday (20 November) to conclude watered-down free trade agreements with countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), as an end-of-year deadline on existing preferential arrangements threatened to disrupt trade relations.
Trade & Society 08-10-2007

Interview: EU still sees hope for world trade talks

The Commission's top trade official, David O'Sullivan, expressed optimism that the WTO Doha Round of global trade talks could come to a successful conclusion this year, after three weeks of behind-the-scenes technical negotiations in Geneva in September appeared to show some signs of progress.
Trade & Society 28-09-2007

EU urges developing countries to sign up to free trade deals

As the deadline for ACP countries to conclude controversial Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU draws closer, the Commission and EU business interests called on anti-poverty activists to put an end to their "caricatural" criticism of negotiations, which they insist are essential to eradicating poverty.
Trade & Society 18-09-2007

EU trade chief: WTO deal would ease financial turmoil

Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson expressed his optimism that a long-awaited deal on freeing up global trade could be achieved shortly, saying that an agreement was required in order to boost economic confidence following the crisis in international financial markets.
Trade & Society 19-07-2007

EU gives cautious welcome to draft compromise in WTO trade talks

World Trade Organisation mediators have tabled a compromise package on possible tariff and subsidy cuts in an attempt to salvage the troubled Doha Round - aimed at freeing up global trade.
Trade & Society 22-06-2007

Doha trade talks on brink of collapse

India and Brazil have slammed the door on negotiations with the EU and the US at a 'G4' meeting in Postdam, Germany, increasing the likelihood of a total breakdown in efforts to conclude an international trade pact that experts say would add billions to the global economy. 
Trade & Society 18-06-2007

Trade powers in ‘last-chance attempt’ to clinch Doha deal

Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will meet with his counterparts from the US, India and China this week in what are being termed "definitive" discussions on freeing up global trade.