Opponents of EU Aviation Carbon Law Agree on Possible Countermeasures

Volume
16,
Number
7
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22 February 2012
22 February 2012
Countries that oppose an EU rule requiring airlines to surrender carbon permits for the emissions they produce during all flights taking off or landing in the 27-country bloc now have an agreed set of options for retaliation. The 22 February announcement by Russian officials is the latest salvo in...
22 February 2012
Washington and Beijing's often contentious trade relationship again found itself in the spotlight last week, with the much-anticipated visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping - expected to take the helm of the Chinese government next year - to the US. Trade dominated the agenda of the weeklong...
22 February 2012
Members at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting dedicated to genetic resources agreed this week to work on a single text for a future instrument. However, it was not all smooth sailing as major disagreements between countries and a walk-out by an indigenous peoples group...
22 February 2012
Last week saw India take its complaints about Turkey's safeguard duties on cotton yarn to the next level by formally initiating WTO dispute proceedings between the two countries. Meanwhile, the 2012 chairmanship of the organisation's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) remains in limbo, with members...
22 February 2012
Canada says it will not back away from a trade war with the EU if the bloc votes in favour of a motion to label oil from the vast Alberta oil sands deposits as "highly polluting." The communiqué raises the rhetoric between the trading partners to new heights just days ahead of the 23 February vote...
22 February 2012
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht announced today that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be referred to the European Court of Justice - the EU's highest court - to verify its compatibility with the 27-country bloc's fundamental rights and freedoms, putting the...
22 February 2012
An EU-Morocco trade deal that will significantly extend duty-free sales of agricultural and fisheries products between the two sides was approved by European lawmakers on Thursday 16 February, amid concerns that the pact could threaten the livelihoods of small-scale agricultural producers in both...
22 February 2012
A US-led international initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions was launched in Washington last week, with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton emphasising the need for tackling "short lived" atmospheric pollutants. The initiative, however, has been panned by some environmental groups...
22 February 2012
Brussels and Washington have agreed to recognise each other's certificates for organic agriculture products, officials from both sides announced last week, in a move that could potentially pave the way for similar arrangements between other trading partners. The decision will enter into effect on 1...
22 February 2012
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking candidates to fill two temporary assignment positions at the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA): Economic Trade Adviser and Legal Trade Adviser. Both positions are two-year assignments located in Port Vila, Vanuatu and are open only to nationals from...
22 February 2012
Coming soon 23-24 February, Geneva, Switzerland. FOURTH SESSION OF THE MULTI-YEAR MEETING ON SERVICES, DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE: THE REGULATORY AND INSTITUTIONAL DIMENSION. Held by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this meeting aims to assist developing countries,...
22 February 2012
CARBON OFFSET PROJECTS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. By Claudine Foucherot and Valentin Bellassen for CDC Climat Research (December 2011). In today's world, carbon offsetting projects are one of the economic tools available to reduce agricultural emissions by paying for metric tonnes of avoided...