EU’s Juncker Calls for Advancing Suite of Trade, Economic Goals As Bloc Prepares for 2019 Transitions

Volume
22,
Number
29
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13 September 2018
13 September 2018
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for developing a “more united Europe” during his final State of the European Union speech, outlining a series of proposals which he said would be key to achieving this goal. He also told EU lawmakers on Wednesday 12 September that a stronger bloc...
13 September 2018
Negotiators are heading towards the annual UN climate conference with a tremendous workload to overcome, after an emergency effort in Bangkok to flesh out the Paris Agreement implementation guidelines closed on Sunday 9 September with “limited” and “uneven” progress. The additional talks in the...
13 September 2018
Negotiators from the US and Canada have met repeatedly over the past fortnight, including this week, in the hopes of finalising a deal to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after Washington announced that it had reached a bilateral accord with Mexico, the other NAFTA party...
13 September 2018
The WTO’s highest court is set to have only three judges on its roster by the end of this month, after the US formally objected in late August to the reappointment of a current Appellate Body member for a second term. During a late August meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), the US said...
13 September 2018
Geneva delegates working on WTO disputes had a busy month of August, advancing a series of cases to the next stage that cover topics such as Australia’s policy on plain packaging for tobacco products and the EU’s subsidies for Airbus, the aerospace industry giant. China also filed a series of new...
13 September 2018
The coming months are due to see high levels of activity on trade in the Asia-Pacific, as different country coalitions work to make progress on their respective agendas for regional economic integration. This includes upcoming meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the...
13 September 2018
A United Nations process that could lead to negotiations for an international environmental treaty is beginning to get underway, with a working group meeting held last week and a major report from UN Secretary-General António Guterres due before year’s end. “Our demands for food, water, and energy...
13 September 2018
Coming Soon 17 September, Washington, US. JAPAN IN ASIA: ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY IN THE NEW GEOPOLITICS. This Brookings Institution event will focus on various facets of Japan’s economic relations with major regional partners, including trade deals such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for...
13 September 2018
NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: UPGRADING TRADE AND INVESTMENT FRAMEWORKS FOR DIGITALIZATION. By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz and Axel Berger for the T20 (August 2018). This policy brief features contributions from various expert authors on the challenges and opportunities that G20 members will need to...