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Outcome of European Council meeting of 9 March 2017 and of informal meeting of the EU27 of 10 March 2017

Written by Suzana Anghel and Ralf Drachenberg, After re-electing Donald Tusk as its President, the European Council meeting of 9 March 2017 discussed the economic situation in Europe, progress on measures regarding migration, internal and external security, and external relations. In his first speech to the European Council, the recently- elected President of the European … Continue reading

Outlook for the 9 March 2017 European Council, and the Informal meeting of the 27 Heads of State or Government on 10 March 2017

Written by Susanna Tenhunen and Ralf Drachenberg, At their 9-10 March 2017 meeting, EU leaders will focus on the economic situation in Europe, including the economic and social priorities of the 2017 European Semester, trade policy and delivery of the different single market strategies. The European Council will also discuss migration, security and defence, and … Continue reading

Fighting trade in tools for torture and executions [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Ionel Zamfir (3rd edition), The EU is committed to fighting torture and use of the death penalty throughout the world. Both phenomena continue to afflict a significant number of countries, and trade in torture tools is booming. One of the most important measures taken by the EU has been its 2005 Regulation imposing … Continue reading

Comments on new US trade policy

Written by Jan Bäverström, This is a collection of comments from think tanks and newspapers on the possible effects of a new US trade policy. There are also comments on the new US Trade Representative as well as links to the White House foreign policy pages and to the nomination hearings in the US Senate. White House The … Continue reading

Human rights in EU trade policy [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Ionel Zamfir, Protection of human rights is one of the EU’s overarching objectives in its external action, in line with the Treaty on European Union. One of the EU’s main tools to promote human rights in third countries is the generalised system of preferences (GSP), granting certain developing countries preferential trade access to … Continue reading

Comments on future US Foreign and Trade Policies

Written by Jan Bäverström, This is an overview of initial remarks on transatlantic relations, US-Asia (TPP) and US-Mexico relations following the US elections. It also includes EU leaders’ first reactions to the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections. US comments on US Foreign and Trade policies Will Foreign Aid get cut on Trump’s chopping … 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

Agriculture in the European Union and United States

Written by Christian Dietrich with Pieter Devuyst, The EU and the USA are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement which could have major consequences for trade in agricultural products. In a document explaining the EU’s TTIP proposal on agriculture , the European Commission said that it is aimed at increasing … Continue reading

European Union trade policy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski International trade is an area where the European Union has an unquestionable global clout. It is the world’s biggest trading bloc while trade policy is an exclusive power of the EU. The EU faces numerous challenges in the trade area, notably talks on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement … Continue reading

Public debate following the hearing of EU Commissioner-designate for trade Cecilia Malmström before the European Parliament

Written by Cornelia Vutz Now that Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has put together his desired team of Commissioners, they all appear before the competent European Parliament (EP) Committee for scrutiny. To mark the start of the ‘grillings’ (hearings, the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and … Continue reading

TTIP : environmental aspects

The Final Report of the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth from February 2013, suggested that the trade negotiations take into account the work done in the chapter concerning environment in EU and US trade agreements. In its resolution of 23 May 2013 on EU trade and investment negotiations with the US, the … Continue reading

Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information

Trade Secrets (also called “confidential business information” or “undisclosed information” do not benefit from the same protection as other intellectual property. Unlike patented inventions or novels protected by copyright, the holder of a trade secret is not the owner of an exclusive right over its creation and therefore competitors can freely use or develop the … Continue reading

Trademark reform package

For more than 15 years there has been a dual system of trademark (TM) law in Europe: an EU-wide Community TM (CTM), and harmonised national TMs. The Commission proposal aims at more harmonisation and coordination, but does not address TM-related concerns over free expression. Background The current EU legal framework on TMs encompasses the TM … Continue reading

EU-US trade agreement (TTIP / TAFTA)

In the context of the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), citizens called for the Parliament to ensure transparent negotiations and to preserve European consumer and environmental standards. In view of the NSA surveillance revelations, they expressed particular worries about data protection and questioned the benefits of the planned agreement. Update … Continue reading

Reciprocal access to public procurement markets

6 language versions available in PDF format Gegenseitiger Zugang zu den Märkten für öffentliche Aufträge Acceso recíproco a los mercados de contratación pública Accès réciproque aux marchés publics Accesso reciproco ai mercati degli appalti pubblici Wzajemny dostęp do rynków zamówień publicznych Reciprocal access to public procurement markets Effective trade defence instruments are fundamental to the … Continue reading

EU imports of goods from Chinese forced labour

Goods made by forced labour in China, and a potential ban on their import to the EU, have long been on the EP agenda. Members have addressed numerous questions on the subject to the Commission and Council. Yet, so far EP calls for action have not led to tangible measures. The Chinese labour camp system … Continue reading

Lutte de l’UE contre le commerce illicite du tabac

Le commerce illicite des produits du tabac prive l’Union européenne (UE) et les États membres de recettes douanières et fiscales considérables. Cette activité criminelle particulièrement lucrative sape en outre les politiques de santé publique, menace les entreprises légales et participe au financement du crime organisé. La coopération internationale en matière de lutte contre ce problème … Continue reading

Trade in services: towards a plurilateral agreement

The importance of the services sector in the EU’s economy is growing. Businesses across the world are increasingly interdependent, in so-called “global value chains”. But regulatory divergence between countries can entail additional costs for service providers themselves, those consuming services in their production activities as well as for final consumers. As the largest exporter of … Continue reading

Transatlantic Week: Library focus on EU-US relations

Barack Obama visits Berlin this week, to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. President Obama is also set to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, just as President John F. Kennedy did to make his historic statement “Ich bin ein Berliner” exactly 50 years ago. Not all discussions are expected to be bright and sunny … Continue reading

Les relations commerciales entre l’UE et la Norvège. Etat des lieux et perspectives

EU-Norway trade relations. State of play and outlook for the future Malgré quelques turbulences isolées, les relations commerciales entre l’Union européenne (UE) et la Norvège se caracté-risent par une intégration poussée des marchés et par une interdépendance stratégique dans le domaine énergétique. Partie de l’Espace Economique Européen (EEE), la Norvège jouit d’une position particulière face … Continue reading

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