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EU agrees to cut taxes on US lobsters in modest trade pact
The EU agreed to drop its 8% tariff on US lobsters while the US agreed to cut in half tariffs on EU imports, including some prepared meals, crystal glassware and cigarette lighters.
Mercosur agreement a “direct contradiction” to European Green Deal
The proposed EU-Mercosur trade agreement is a “direct contradiction” to the goals of the European Green Deal, according to a new study.
Poll: Vast majority of Europeans opposed to EU-Mercosur trade deal
Consumer group SumOfUs urges the EU to call off its free trade agreement with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the face of Amazon rainforest fires.
Algeria backtracks on its free trade deal with the EU
Algeria has asked the EU to put on hold a free trade agreement that was due to be signed this year as it drags its feet on customs reforms, an EU official said.
EU nations breaking rules in bilateral trade deals with China
Fifteen EU member states have breached bloc-wide rules in agreeing bilateral commercial deals with China as part of Beijing’s ambitious belt and road initiative.
Ukraine hopes to start talks on revision of Association Agreement with EU in 2021
Ukraine hopes to reach an agreement to start negotiations on the revision of the Association Agreement with the European Union in 2021.
UK must lower expectations in post-Brexit negotiations with Canada: trade experts
The UK wants an agreement like CETA or better, but it needs to understand it has less to offer since leaving the European Union.
UK plans to change Brexit rules threaten US trade deal, top Democrats say
Altering terms of withdrawal agreement on Northern Ireland could damage relations under Biden presidency.
5th Angola-EU ministerial meeting - Joint way forward
The terms of Angola’s accession to the EU-SADC EPA are aimed to be finalised by 2021. Both sides confirmed their intention to start exploratory discussions on an EU-Angola investment agreement.
Japan blocks green reform of major energy investment treaty
The Japanese government is blocking reform of a treaty that allows energy companies to sue nation states when climate policies affect their profits.
UK-Canada trade deal back in focus as talks restart
Hopes of securing a post-Brexit free trade deal with Canada were given a boost after trade secretary Liz Truss announced the UK had kickstarted discussions.
Brexit: Boris Johnson to override EU withdrawal agreement
Johnson will put an ultimatum to negotiators this week, saying the UK and Europe must agree a post-Brexit trade deal by 15 October or Britain will walk away for good.
Indo-Pacific guidelines: Germany’s new China plan
Berlin wants to diversify its relations, position itself more broadly, conclude further free trade agreements – also in order to no longer be so dependent on Beijing.
Post-Cotonou deal edges closer to the finish line
The long-delayed successor to the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) community appears to be approaching the finish line with a ‘99%’ chance of success this year, according to both sides.
EU revolt: Germany threatens to plunge bloc into crisis by rejecting new trade deal
German agriculture minister Julia Klockner said her European counterparts are very sceptical of the agreement because it heaps unneeded pressure on the bloc’s farmers.
Low-key EU player’s new job may help sell Mercosur deal
The late-July selection of veteran EU insider Denis Redonnet as chief trade enforcement officer coincides with the 27-nation bloc’s continuing preparations to vote on its hard-fought — and controversial — draft accord with the Mercosur group.
Climate protest against the EU-Mercosur trade deal
A protest against the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement was held on 28 August, with the participating groups citing the incompatibilities of the EU’s climate ambitions with actions taken by the Brazilian government.
The Mercosur-EU agreement and its main problems to Brazil
The fundamental bargain is quasi colonial: this means that Mercosur countries are left with the task of providing commodities, agricultural produce, ore and energy products, while the EU will provide higher value-added products and services.
Why China’s diplomatic push may not be enough to secure EU investment deal
Despite a recent charm offensive by senior Chinese diplomats, the chances of wrapping up a landmark investment deal with the European Union remain uncertain, analysts said.
Kuwait- EU trade chief committed to boosting relationship with GCC
The European Union’s Trade Commissioner called for the resumption of the stalled EU-GCC Free Trade Agreement negotiations.