EU, Central America Trade Talks Tripped Up by Regional Politics

Volume
13,
Number
38
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4 November 2009
4 November 2009
Free trade talks between Central America and the European Union could resume after a presidential election is held in Honduras on 23 November, a delegation of European lawmakers said last week during a visit to Costa Rica. Brussels expects to pick up the process as soon as possible, the delegates...
4 November 2009
WTO delegates tackled several contentious intellectual property issues - including access to medicines, ‘non-violation complaints' and biodiversity - at a two-day session last week. The formal meeting of the council of the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (...
4 November 2009
The WTO's Negotiating Group on Rules held informal open-ended talks from Monday to Friday of last week. Under the direction of the chair, Ambassador Guillermo Valles Galmés of Uruguay, delegates delved into technical questions on anti-dumping, countervailing duties, and fisheries disciplines, in...
4 November 2009
Each week leading up the UNFCCC's 15th Conference of the Parties, Bridges Weekly will be providing readers with background and analysis on key issues facing negotiators as they prepare for December's meeting in Copenhagen. This week's article highlights the role of agriculture in the climate change...
4 November 2009
Senior-level officials from China and the US met for two days in China's eastern city of Hangzhou to try to find common ground on a number of trade issues last week, even as new disputes between the two countries continued to crop up outside the conference hall. The officials were hoping to smooth...
4 November 2009
African delegates walked out of meetings during United Nations climate change talks in Barcelona, Spain this week, claiming that developed countries were not making solid commitments to cut their emissions of climate-warming gases. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, a group of Republican...
4 November 2009
The United States Senate Finance Committee convened on Wednesday to consider the nominations of Michael Punke for the position of ambassador to the WTO, and Islam Siddiqui, who has been nominated to serve as Washington's chief agriculture negotiator. The outcome of the hearing, which had yet to end...
4 November 2009
Increased cooperation between the European Union and the developing world is strengthening intellectual property enforcement in poorer countries, according to a new report from the European Commission. While the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) still faces many challenges in these...
4 November 2009
The EU, the US, and Mexico have requested the creation of a WTO panel to rule on the legality of a range of Chinese export restrictions on several raw materials used in manufacturing. The restrictions cover inputs for the steel, chemical, and aluminium industries, including yellow phosphorous,...
4 November 2009
Canada has formally requested WTO consultations with the EU over Brussels' controversial ban on imports of seal products, which is scheduled come into force in August 2010. Stockwell Day, Canada's Trade Minister, announced the move in a 2 November statement following the publication of the seal ban...
4 November 2009
4-5 November, Paris, France. OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON ENVIRONMENT ON ECO-INNOVATION. Most OECD countries consider eco-innovation to be an important part of the response to contemporary challenges, including climate change and energy security. In addition, many countries think that eco-innovation could...
4 November 2009
THE DOHA ROUND: "DEATH-DEFYING AGENDA" OR "DON'T DO IT AGAIN?" By Stuart Harbinson. European Centre for International Political Economy, 2009. Almost eight years after the launch of the Doha Round, the WTO negotiations remain mired in a swamp of detail, with many participants unwilling or unable to...