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EU ombudsman opened an inquiry into the EU/Mercosur sustainability impact assessment
European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into why the European Commission did not finalize an updated Sustainability Impact Assessment before the conclusion of the Mercosur-EU trade agreement in June 2019.
India-EU Summit slated for 15 July after over two-year break, to be held virtually
Bilateral trade and investment ties between India and the EU have become severely strained with the Modi government’s initial refusal to resume stalled negotiations on the proposed India-EU free trade agreement .
Brexit free trade deal ‘very close’ – UK finalising comprehensive agreement with Turkey
Turkey is "very close" to signing a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the UK covering manufactured goods, agriculture and services, the country’s Foreign Minister has revealed.
Step up ‘no deal’ planning, Barnier warns EU firms
The EU’s chief negotiator on future relations with the UK warned EU businesses to step up their planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the Single Market at the end of 2020.
Corporations to sue states for pandemic billions
Corporations are busy weaponising obscure legal instruments to sue government for their actions to save lives and jobs during the coronavirus crisis.
UkrInform: Ukraine wants to renew Association Agreement with EU
The Ukrainian side hopes to reach a political agreement on the format of renewing the bilateral Association Agreement at the next EU-Ukraine Summit in October.
Stop the EU-Mercosur vampire treaty!
One year ago, Bolsonaro, Macri, Macron and Merkel announced the “biggest economic area in the world”. It is unlikely that anything will come of it.
European Commission publishes draft Sustainability Impact Assessment for the Trade part of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
The Commission published the draft version of the final assessment of the potential economic, social, environmental and human rights impact of the trade part of the association agreement between the European Union and Mercosur.
World’s biggest trade deal in trouble over EU anger at Brazil deforestation
The European Union-Mercosur free trade agreement faces growing opposition from European national governments, EU parliamentarians, and non-profit organizations, in addition to Latin American entities, putting its ratification at risk.
Brexit talks resume in London after Brussels round leaves ‘serious divergences’
Britain’s separation talks with the European Union resume Monday with few signs of compromise on a new trade agreement and time running out to avoid a messy split.
Swiss supermarkets ban produce from occupied Western Sahara
The Swiss Federal Council stated on several occasions that it did not consider its free trade agreement with Morocco to apply to the large part of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan occupation.
Kenya, UK to discuss post-Brexit trade agreement
Kenya says it hopes to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK before the end of the year.
EU must end investment protection in the fossil sector
The Energy Charter Treaty, which dates back to the 1990s, severely restricts Europe’s ability to change regulations in the energy sector, with many EU member states facing court actions worth billions of euros, write a group of MEPs.
Brexit: Serious differences over trade deal, say UK and EU
The UK and EU have said serious differences remain over a post-Brexit trade deal, following the latest negotiations in Brussels.
EU-Mercosur deal will have devastating impact on climate, NGOs warn
While the agreement still has to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, farmers and environmental NGOs remain disappointed.
Countries serious about climate change should leave the Energy Charter Treaty, says former ECT official
Interview with Yamina Saheb, former head of unit in the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat .
Mercosur leaders look to close EU deal despite Macron’s resistance
Mercosur ministers reported progress on the final text of a trade agreement with the European Union on the eve of a summit meeting overshadowed by French President’s latest comments against the deal.
Putting sombreros on par with Champagne
The European Union mulls protecting handicrafts in the same way as gourmet food amid a push from Latin American countries.
EU-Vietnam free trade deal to take effect 1 August
The free trade agreement between the European Union and Vietnam, known as EVFTA, will come into force on 1 August, according to a Vietnamese government statement on 18 June.
UK sets September deadline for EU trade deal
The UK has earmarked September as its deadline for agreeing on a new trade deal with the EU after negotiators held their first face-to-face meetings since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.