US Lawmakers Begin Debate on Russia Trade Restrictions

Volume
16,
Number
11
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21 March 2012
21 March 2012
The highly-anticipated debate over whether to lift a decades-old law restricting trade with Russia is in full swing in the US Congress, with a Senate committee holding an initial hearing on the subject on 15 March. Meanwhile, leaders of anti-government protests in Moscow are also pushing for the...
21 March 2012
The ongoing controversy over the EU's plan to include aviation in its Emissions Trading System (ETS) ramped up another notch this week, with India reportedly planning to urge its airlines to boycott the scheme. Brussels, meanwhile, continues to stand firm in support of the ETS in the absence of a...
21 March 2012
The US Commerce Department will begin imposing duties on solar panel imports from China, after finding that Chinese solar manufacturers receive unfair government support. Though the announced duties were far below the complainants' requests, the decision is still expected to increase trade tensions...
21 March 2012
An Australian law intended to make the packaging of cigarettes less appealing to consumers is now facing a WTO challenge, with Ukraine formally lodging a complaint at the global trade body last week. ( DS 434 ) The move follows heated discussions between WTO members in recent months over the law's...
21 March 2012
EU trade ministers have agreed to approve a much-anticipated free trade pact with Colombia and Peru, which is expected to slash €500 million in duties alone. The 16 March decision is the next step toward eventually bringing the pact into force. Meanwhile, Ecuador - which had withdrawn from the...
21 March 2012
A new budget proposal from the House of Representatives is calling for US$30 billion to be cut from US farm spending over ten years. The proposal, released on Tuesday, comes on the heels of an earlier budget proposal from US President Barack Obama that had called for a US$32 billion trim in...
21 March 2012
With a new draft law published last week, the EU has called on all member states to track and record data measuring carbon emissions from agriculture and forestry. Though no timetable has been set, some observers say it could mark the first step towards including agriculture and forestry under the...
21 March 2012
The Bretton Woods Project - a London-based NGO that monitors and analyses policy at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - is seeking candidates to fill the position of Head of Bretton Woods project work on IMF and finance. The purpose of this role will be to manage the project's...
21 March 2012
Coming soon 22-23 March, Tunis, Tunisia. 2012 AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ANNUAL PARTNERSHIPS FORUM: PARTNERING FOR A GREEN AND INCLUSIVE AFRICA. This event will be held under the theme "Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa" and will gather together representatives from...
21 March 2012
OECD STATISTICS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN SERVICES, VOLUME 2011, ISSUE 1. By the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (February 2012). The new database contains information from the publication OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 1, Detailed...