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European Parliament Plenary Session February 2020

Now that both the new Parliament and the new European Commission are in place and making their positions clear on a number of fronts, Members return to a full agenda for the February plenary session in Strasbourg. Continue reading

The trade pillar of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement [International Agreements in Progress]

On 28 June 2019, the European Union (EU) and the four founding members of Mercosur (the ‘Southern Common Market’) – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – reached an ‘agreement in principle’ on a free trade agreement (FTA) as part of a wider association agreement (AA). Continue reading

EU-Singapore trade and investment deals pass major milestone [International Agreements in Progress]

Following the signature of the EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements on 19 October 2018, the European Parliament gave its consent on 13 February 2019 to conclude both agreements. Continue reading

EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements [International Agreements in Progress]

The European Commission has described the free trade and investment protection agreements (FTA/IPA) signed with Vietnam as the most ambitious deals of their type ever concluded by the EU and a developing country Continue reading

International procurement instrument [EU Legislation in Progress]

Over the years, the EU has opened up its public procurement markets to third countries to a large degree, yet many of these countries have not granted the EU a similar privilege. Continue reading

EU-Australia free trade agreement – Moving towards the launch of talks [International Agreements in Progress]

The prospective EU-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) will complement the economic dimension of the current longstanding and evolving relationship with a new element. Continue reading

EU-New Zealand free trade agreement – All set for the launch of negotiations [International Agreements in Progress]

New Zealand already enjoys a number of bilateral trade cooperation agreements with the EU. Continue reading

FTA talks to start with Australia and New Zealand [Plenary Podcast]

On 13 September 2017, the Commission presented recommendations to the Council to authorise the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading

CETA: Final vote in the plenary session

Written by Krisztina Binder and Wilhelm Schöllmann, The EU-Canada negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) began in May 2009 and were concluded in September 2014. For the EU, CETA represents the first comprehensive economic agreement with a highly industrialised Western economy. What’s in the text? The agreement’s overall aim is to increase flows of … Continue reading

Driving trade in the ASEAN region Progress of FTA negotiations

Written by Krisztina Binder, After negotiations between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a regional free trade agreement (FTA) were suspended in 2009, the EU decided to pursue bilateral trade agreements with the individual ASEAN member states. To date, six of them have started talks on a bilateral FTA with … Continue reading

The inclusion of financial services in EU free trade and association agreements: Effects on money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance

Written by Isabelle Ioannides, The EU has increasingly opened up market opportunities for European business by negotiating trade and association agreements, as well as investment agreements, with key countries. Services, which account for approximately 70% of EU GDP, are an increasingly important part of international trade, especially with the growing role of technology and the … Continue reading

TTIP: EP recommendations for an EU-US trade deal

The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be of major concern to many citizens. In its recommendations to European Commission TTIP negotiators the European Parliament has mapped out its red lines. The European Parliament takes citizens’ concerns on TTIP very seriously. Thus it is following the talks very closely to … Continue reading

EU-US negotiations on TTIP: A survey of current issues

Written by Laura Puccio With the next TTIP negotiating session due in July, an extraordinary meeting of Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) will be held on 29 June. The Committee will discuss the many amendments put forward in plenary to its draft recommendations for the EU’s negotiators, with the aim of finding compromises which the … Continue reading

TTIP – Regulatory cooperation

Written by Jan Baeverstroem, Last update on 28/05/2015 At the EU-US summit in 2011 a decision was taken to set up a High Level Working Group (HLWG) to see if an EU-US trade agreement was feasible. In November 2012, the Trade Commissioner outlinedthe four areas that he would like to see included in an agreement: … Continue reading

TTIP & ISDS

Written by Jan Baeverstroem The progress made on comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) between the EU and Canada and the United States – in both cases including provisions for ISDS – has intensified discussion on the mechanism in the EU. A number of doubts exist with respect to the impartiality of arbitrators, while the relative … Continue reading

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) – State of play and prospects for reform

Written by Marta Latek Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are found in more than 3 000 international investment treaties, but have been increasingly criticised in recent years. International investment agreements, and the ISDS mechanism, were originally created to protect investors from arbitrary expropriation and ensure non-discriminatory treatment for foreign investments, in countries considered risky. In … Continue reading

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