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Trade flows: animated infographic

Written by Krisztina Binder, Laura Puccio, Giulio Sabbati. ‘Every man lives by exchanging’, said philosopher and economist Adam Smith in the late 18th century. Indeed, trade has historically played a significant role in a country’s economy. In today’s globalised world, trade is a major tool in state policies to ensure economic growth and more jobs. A country’s success … Continue reading

How blockchain technology could change our lives

Written by Philip Boucher, At their simplest, blockchains can be described as lists of all transactions that have ever been executed in a specific domain. They are organised into ‘blocks’, connected in linear, chronological ‘chains’, and – unlike traditional records of transactions – public, and decentralised. This means that, instead of having a central ‘middleman’ … Continue reading

Tunisia: Economic indicators and trade with EU

Written by Joanna Apap and Giulio Sabbati (both EPRS), In cooperation with Laura Bartolini (from GlobalStat | EUI), How fast is Tunisia’s economy growing? How was its economy affected by the ‘Arab Spring’ events? How many women in Tunisia have a job? What is the unemployment rate? Which country is Tunisia’s biggest trading partner? What … Continue reading

China’s WTO accession: 15 years on Taking, shaking or shaping WTO rules?

Written by Gisela Grieger, Graphs by Christian Dietrich, 11 December 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, after arduous negotiations with key WTO members, China agreed not only to extensive market access commitments but also to substantial non-reciprocal rules obligations. This was unprecedented in WTO history. … Continue reading

Protecting businesses’ trade secrets [Plenary podcast]

Written by Tambiama Madiega, On 15 December 2015, Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on a new EU directive setting common rules for protecting trade secrets and confidential information in the EU. On 28 January 2016, the Legal Affairs Committee (rapporteur Constance Le Grip, EPP, France) endorsed the agreed text, which is now … Continue reading

New EU-US trade and investment deal: to be or not to be? MEPs to play a key role

Written by Richard Freedman in cooperation with Laura Puccio The European Union is negotiating a trade and investment deal with the United States – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership known as TTIP. The aim is to open up the US to EU firm, help cut red tape that firms face when exporting and set … Continue reading

Policy Coherence for Development: still some way to go

Written by Marta Latek Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) has become an EU legal obligation, after years of slow progress. PCD aims to incorporate development concerns in non-aid policies in order to minimise contradictions, and if possible, create synergies between policies. However, despite a reiterated political commitment and reinforcement of the institutional framework to follow … Continue reading

Economic significance of trade in services: Background to negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

Written by Wilhelm Schöllmann Fifty-one members of the World Trade Organization (WTO): Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States, together with the European Union and its 28 Member States – have been trying … 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

Topics and links – August 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: ISIS terror and humanitarian disaster in Iraq, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, independence of the judiciary in Turkey, TTIP negotiations. Recent international conflicts were the dominating issues in the correspondence of citizens … Continue reading

Promotion and information actions for agricultural products

The European Commission policy on promotion and information actions for agricultural products in the internal market and in third countries has been evolving since the 1980s. Starting with a specific support to some agricultural sectors under individual regulations, the current policy is ruled by Council Regulation 3/2008 and Commission Regulation 501/2008. Currently, the promotion support … Continue reading

Action de l’UE visant à réduire le commerce illicite du tabac

English version: EU action to reduce illicit trade in tobacco products 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 … Continue reading

Prospects for an upgrade in trade relations with Eastern Partnership countries

At the Vilnius Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit on 28 and 29 November 2013, the EU hopes to sign an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA-DCFTA) with Ukraine, and initial AA-DCFTAs with Georgia and Moldova. Initialling of a similar agreement with Armenia is however off the table. Trade relations with Azerbaijan … Continue reading

EU-China bilateral investment agreement

6 language versions available in PDF format Bilaterales Investitionsabkommen zwischen der EU und China Acuerdo bilateral de inversiones UE-China Accord bilatéral d’investissement UE-Chine Accordo bilaterale UE-Cina in materia di investimenti Dwustronna umowa inwestycyjna między Chinami a UE EU-China bilateral investment agreement In February 2012, the European Union and China agreed to start talks on a … Continue reading

EU-Taiwan trade relations

Taiwan has a critical role in Asia’s supply chains and its trade with China is expanding rapidly, enhancing the possibility of triangular trade with Europe. This makes the island an important, albeit diplomatically complicated, partner for the EU, with strong potential to develop bilateral trade. Taiwan’s status as international partner Considered by China a “renegade” … Continue reading

Analysis of EU-India trade

Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and India – two of the world’s four largest economies, with more than 1.7 billion people altogether – were launched in June 2007 and continue today. This paper aims to show levels of trade between the two. It looks at the trade in goods from … Continue reading

Deepening EU-Malaysia relations

In 2010, the EU and Malaysia entered into parallel negotiations on a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to considerably broadening the scope of existing ties between the two economies. These agreements are set to pave the way for a future inter-regional FTA between the EU and … 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

Commerce entre l’UE et l’Amérique latine: L’impact social de la libéralisation

Les années 2000 ont vu la prolifération spectaculaire des accords commerciaux entre l’Amérique latine et l’Union européenne (UE). Que ce soit sous forme d’accords d’association ou de simples accords de libre-échange, ces accords contribuent à la libéralisation des échanges avec l’Amérique latine, continent riche en ressources naturelles, mais confronté à des inégalités sociales marquées. Les … Continue reading

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