Russia Trade Debate Ramps Up in Washington as Human Rights Legislation Moves Forward

Volume
16,
Number
25
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27 June 2012
27 June 2012
Legislation that would sanction Russian officials for alleged human rights violations is moving swiftly through the US Congress, with a Senate panel unanimously approving its version of the bill on Tuesday. The potential linkage of the human rights bill with legislation that would remove Cold War-...
27 June 2012
The possibility of a Brussels-Washington trade and investment pact received new momentum last week, following the release of an EU-US report which found that a broad, comprehensive bilateral deal was the option with "greatest potential" for supporting jobs and spurring economic growth on both sides...
27 June 2012
Following months of informal negotiations and amid lowered expectations, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) drew to a close on 22 June, with the common sentiment at the end of the event's high-level segment being one of a wasted chance. The result drew a critical...
27 June 2012
European farm ministers and parliamentarians have locked horns during the past weeks over agricultural reform proposals in two separate meetings that are set to shape the future of Europe's post-2013 farm policy. Parliamentarians meeting on 18 and 19 June debated new proposals on direct payments to...
27 June 2012
Informal talks on how best to implement existing farm trade rules made slow progress last week, officials said, in the absence of a broader momentum to conclude the Doha Round of negotiations at the WTO. The meetings, which were held in the margins of the global trade body's regular Committee on...
27 June 2012
In a key vote last Thursday, the EU Committee on International Trade (INTA) officially recommended that the European Parliament (EP) reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The highly-anticipated result has cast further doubts over the ultimate approval of the treaty by...
27 June 2012
Just weeks after formally opening debate on the omnibus legislation that will drive US agriculture spending over the next five years, the US Senate passed its version of US Farm Bill by a 64-35 vote last Thursday. The Senate's version of the Agriculture Reform , Food and Jobs Act of 2012 - which...
27 June 2012
Argentina and Indonesia's respective import policies took centre stage at Friday's meeting of the WTO's Council on Trade in Goods, with the US among the group of members that openly criticised these measures. Meanwhile, Buenos Aires and Jakarta raised their own concerns over a Spanish measure...
27 June 2012
After twelve years of discussion, members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) successfully finalised a new treaty on Tuesday in Beijing aimed at providing copyright protection for performers of audiovisual works. The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances is the first...
27 June 2012
Agriculture disputes were a recurring theme at the global trade arbiter this past week, with a panel establishment in the US-India row over poultry products and Brazil's challenge of South African anti-dumping duties on chicken. Brazil files complaint on South African duties on poultry Brazil and...
27 June 2012
Last week, China publicly rejected assertions that the country's export controls on rare earth elements were designed to protect local industry. At a press conference in Beijing, Su Bo, the country's vice-minister of industry and information technology, insisted that the export curbs have been...
27 June 2012
Coming soon 28 June, Geneva, Switzerland. CONNECTING TO COMPETE 2012: TRADE LOGISTICS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. This event will feature the presentation of the Logistics Performance Index (LPI), a global benchmark for measuring logistics performance in international trade. The LPI - a joint venture of...
27 June 2012
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT WITHIN THE MAJOR AGRICULTURAL TRADING NATIONS. By Jean-Pierre Butault, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Heinz-Peter Witzke, and Thomas Heckelei for the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (May 2012). This study compares...