US Lawmakers Race to Finalise Farm Bill Before August Recess

Volume
17,
Number
26
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18 July 2013
18 July 2013
Efforts to clinch a new US Farm Bill appear to be coming to a head, with key lawmakers pushing to achieve a compromise before the August congressional recess. The US House of Representatives passed its own version of the legislation less than a week ago, months after the Senate. The version...
18 July 2013
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced plans to move his country's controversial carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) a year early, in an effort to answer complaints over increased costs of living and lost competitiveness. The shift from a fixed-price to floating-price system...
18 July 2013
Talks to expand the product coverage of the WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA) have been temporarily suspended, according to a statement released by the US' top trade official on Wednesday evening. The negotiations in Geneva have been put on hold due to differences between China and many...
18 July 2013
The US and China have renewed their plans to negotiate a sweeping bilateral investment treaty, while agreeing also to implement a series of climate-focused initiatives. Meeting in Washington last week, the two trading partners - and often rivals - also pledged to work together in helping Beijing...
18 July 2013
Bangladesh approved a highly-anticipated reform to its national labour law on Monday, as part of a broader effort toward averting future disasters such as the factory collapse in April that killed over 1,100 people. Separately, North American and European retailers that source Bangladeshi textile...
18 July 2013
The US has enacted new reforms to its dolphin-safe labelling programme, in an effort to comply with an adverse WTO ruling issued last year. However, Mexico, which had been the complainant in the high-profile dispute regarding tuna imports, has already said that the changes do not go far enough...
18 July 2013
The European Parliament's environment committee has approved draft legal measures that would cap the share of food-based biofuel used in vehicles at 5.5 percent, ahead of a plenary vote in September. The committee's vote last Thursday is the latest attempt to ensure that support for biofuels does...
18 July 2013
The first round of EU-US trade talks came to a close last Friday in Washington, with both sides reporting "positive" results. The discussions came as the two trading partners continue their efforts to resolve a diplomatic row stemming from reports that Washington has spied on its European partners...
18 July 2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an "early conclusion" to the negotiations for a Sino-Australian trade pact in conversations with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week, prompting speculation that the long-running talks could soon be ramping up. Trade negotiations between the two...
18 July 2013
Ethiopia will be submitting to current WTO members an offer on services- including key sectors, such as banking and telecommunications - by September, trade ministry officials have said this past week, in an effort to advance its accession efforts. After a decade of negotiations, Ethiopian...
18 July 2013
Coming soon 23 July, online. THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. The Peterson Institute for International Economics will be webcasting a speech by US Representative Sander Levin, where the Congressman will provide his views on the current US trade...
18 July 2013
EU POLICY PRIORITIES 2013: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND TRADE. Published by the Green European Foundation (July 2013). This report outlines the main policy proposals that the EU will put forward in the field of external affairs and trade over the year. It also assesses the European Greens' response on...