Japan's Abe Makes Push for EU, Pacific Trade Pacts in Europe Visit

Volume
18,
Number
16
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8 May 2014
8 May 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a strong defence of his economic strategy this week – including a call for advancing trade pacts with the EU, US, and other partners – during his high-profile tour of Europe, pledging to not be afraid of domestic reforms as he continues his efforts to...
8 May 2014
Top officials from the US and EU have continued to make a strong public push in favour of their planned bilateral trade pact, highlighting the critical nature of such a deal for advancing global trade rule-making and for lowering the EU’s dependence on Russian energy. The political support comes...
8 May 2014
The October deadline for African countries to conclude their Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU took centre stage at a meeting of African Union (AU) trade ministers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with countries remaining divided over the path forward. During last week’s meeting,...
8 May 2014
A joint agency report is set to urge G-20 members to tackle food security if they are to succeed in boosting growth and creating jobs, according to a draft version seen by Bridges. The paper was prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-...
8 May 2014
WTO members should continue their efforts to quickly implement the trade facilitation agreement inked in Bali, Indonesia last December, trade ministers meeting in Paris on Wednesday said at an informal mini-ministerial hosted by Australia. The annual trade ministers gathering on the sidelines of...
8 May 2014
The latest round of negotiations on the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) came to a close on Friday, with officials reporting good progress in the talks. The week-long meetings, hosted by the Australian mission in Geneva, focused primarily on the part of the text dealing with new and...
8 May 2014
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) at the end of April confirmed final anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the EU, a raw material used in the manufacturing of solar panels. Following an investigation launched in November 2012, the ministry said...
8 May 2014
Russia has filed a WTO complaint against the EU’s energy sector regulations, officials confirmed last week. The move is expected to further sour the relationship between the two trading partners, who are already at odds over a series of other issues, including the crisis in Ukraine. According to...
8 May 2014
Coming Soon 12-19 May, online. E-DISCUSSION ON ENHANCING PARTNERSHIPS. Co-led by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Global Compact, this online consultation will discuss partnership approaches that have proven effective for business engagement in sustainable development,...
8 May 2014
THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP AND THE PARLIAMENTARY DIMENSION OF REGULATORY COOPERATION. By Alberto Alemann for the European Parliament Directorate General for External Policies – Policy Department (April 2014). This report examines the possible role of the proposed...