US, EU Trade Chiefs Mull Options for Deepening Trans-Atlantic Ties

Volume
16,
Number
20
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23 May 2012
23 May 2012
The US and EU should be open to pursuing a modest agreement on selected trade issues, should a broad, over-arching deal appear out of reach, US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk said on 22 May. The comments from the US' top trade official come just weeks after European Trade Commissioner Karel...
23 May 2012
Trade frictions between Washington and Beijing over renewable energy are once again on the rise, following the 17 May announcement that the US Commerce Department would be imposing anti-dumping duties on solar panel imports from China. The Commerce investigation had been launched in response to a...
23 May 2012
Representatives of the world's economic and financial powers put food security on the international agenda at two separate events last week. In the US, G-8 leaders announced a new initiative to invest in African agriculture, while deputy G-20 agriculture ministers meeting in Mexico agreed on...
23 May 2012
Brussels' first Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with an African region is now in effect, the European Commission (EC) announced last week. The four African countries involved in the trade and development agreement - Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Zimbabwe - are members of the twelve-...
23 May 2012
In his first interview as France's Minister of Industrial Renewal, Arnaud Montebourg announced that he would be reviving plans to apply a carbon tariff to imports from countries with more lax emission regulations. The idea was first floated by the administration of former President Nicolas Sarkozy...
23 May 2012
Delegates have gathered in Geneva this week for the World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual governance meeting. The 21-26 May event has so far seen intellectual property, innovation, and research and development (R&D) figure prominently in the talks, with...
23 May 2012
Australia and Malaysia have signed a free trade pact, the two sides announced on Tuesday 22 May, two months after concluding bilateral negotiations that date back to 2005. The accord, signed in Kuala Lumpur by the two countries' respective trade ministers, is set to enter into force in January of...
23 May 2012
A SNAPSHOT OF CURRENT TRADE TRENDS IN POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AND SERVICES. By Carlos Kuriyama for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Policy Support Unit (April 2012). This policy brief attempts to estimate the magnitude of environmental goods and services (EGS) trade, identify...