European Commission Announces Temporary Suspension of Aviation Emissions Law

Volume
16,
Number
39
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14 November 2012
14 November 2012
The European Commission has announced that it plans to temporarily "stop the clock" for one year on enforcing the inclusion of aviation into its Emissions Trading System (ETS) for flights to and from non-European countries. The proposed suspension - announced by EU Commissioner for Climate Action...
14 November 2012
The G-33 group of developing countries has tabled a new proposal on farm trade and food security, trade sources say, in a bid to fast-track elements of the draft Doha accord ahead of the WTO's ministerial meeting next year. The group, which includes China, India, and other countries with a sizeable...
14 November 2012
With the US presidential election now over, Washington and Brussels should turn their attention toward launching negotiations for a bilateral trade deal, the EU's top trade official said last week, particularly given the continued economic difficulties facing both sides. "They say the opposite of...
14 November 2012
The process to repeal a Cold War-era restriction on trade with Russia appears to be approaching the final stages in Washington, after having stalled earlier this year. The House Rules Committee approved yesterday the linkage of the trade bill with human rights-focused legislation, paving the way...
14 November 2012
Less than a week after Beijing launched a WTO case targeting local content requirements under renewable energy feed-in-tariff programmes in certain EU member states ( DS452 ), the European Commission announced that it is initiating its own countervailing - also known as anti-subsidy -...
14 November 2012
Least developed countries (LDCs) have asked their fellow WTO members to again extend the transition period for implementing the organisation's intellectual property rules, citing concerns that the situation of the WTO's poorest members has not improved sufficiently since the last extension. The 6-7...
14 November 2012
The question of fast-tracking tariff cuts for environmental goods and services (EGS) continued to divide WTO members during a meeting of the organisation's Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) yesterday. Negotiations in this area - as part of the overall Doha package - have been stalling for...
14 November 2012
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has pledged that he will seek entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, in an announcement that is expected to spark major debate ahead of his country's upcoming election. "We will simultaneously pursue the TPP and a trilateral free trade agreement...
14 November 2012
Officials formally laid to rest a decades-long feud over bananas on Thursday, after the EU and ten Latin American countries signed an agreement and updated their WTO commitments to reflect changes brought about by the multilateral trading system's longest running dispute. "This is a truly historic...
14 November 2012
Coming soon 16 November, London, UK. CHINA-UK BUSINESS FORUM 2012: GLOBAL INNOVATION EXCHANGE. Hosted by Chatham House, this half-day forum aimed at senior business executives and government officials seeks to provide a networking opportunity for those interested in accelerating their understanding...
14 November 2012
UNTAPPED TRILATERALISM: COMMON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA. By Bates Gill and Andrew Small for the Europe China Research and Advice Network (November 2012). In this paper, the authors point out that the EU, the US, and China - though together...