Tensions over EU Emissions Levy Reach New Heights as China Tells Airlines Not to Comply

Volume
16,
Number
5
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8 February 2012
8 February 2012
The Chinese government has barred the country's airlines from participating in Brussels' controversial plan to place a levy on foreign airlines for the emissions they use on incoming and outgoing flights. With China also set to meet with other opponents of the aviation emissions levy - including...
8 February 2012
The United States, on 6 February, signed roadmap agreements with the European Union and Japan on ending its controversial "zeroing" method to calculate anti-dumping duties. The deal was announced only days before WTO arbitrators were scheduled to examine the EU's and Japan's request on retaliating...
8 February 2012
In its first major policy announcement of the new year, China has revealed plans to boost spending on agricultural science and technology - continuing a trend towards rapidly-growing farm support in recent years. The document , which was released last week by China's State Council, says that...
8 February 2012
Pakistan is set to receive a package of trade concessions from the EU, over a year after Brussels initially tabled its request for a WTO waiver. The flood-battered Asian country will receive preferential treatment for 75 tariff lines, though not all of those will receive full liberalisation. The...
8 February 2012
The US division of German photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld has announced that Washington will indeed impose retroactive duties on Chinese-made solar panels, should the US Commerce Department ultimately decide that such fees are warranted. The company had strongly argued in favour of retroactive...
8 February 2012
Argentina's new import controls entered into effect last week, sparking questions from its regional trading partners - particularly fellow Mercosur members Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay - and from business and industry groups. Buenos Aires' new trade measures, which were launched on 1 February,...
8 February 2012
In a dispute that pitted the Dominican Republic against four of its developing country trading partners, a WTO panel last week ruled that Santo Domingo's safeguard duties on plastic bags and tubular fabric imported from Central America do indeed violate WTO rules ( DS415,416,417,418 ). Costa Rica,...
8 February 2012
The Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES) is seeking candidates to fill a part-time position of Executive Officer. The position will work on issues relating to plant variety protection. Interested candidates must have experience in the area of intellectual property,...
8 February 2012
Coming soon 23 January-17 February, online. SUSTAINABLITY ASSESSMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS (SAFA) E-FORUM. As part of its preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June (also known as UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is hosting...
8 February 2012
BRIDGING THE GAP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES IN WIPO'S INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE (IGC). By David Vivas-Eugui for ICTSD. Discussions on how to address concerns about the misappropriation of genetic resources and traditional knowledge have been high on the agenda of various...