EU Gives Green Light to Australia, New Zealand Trade Talks, Amid Packed Council Agenda

Volume
22,
Number
18
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24 May 2018
24 May 2018
Trade ministers from the EU’s 28 member states gave their backing on Tuesday 22 May for the launch of negotiations for trade accords with Australia and New Zealand, paving the way for formal talks to begin in the coming months. The announcement, which came following a meeting of the EU’s Foreign...
24 May 2018
Chinese and American negotiators issued a statement last weekend pledging to increase US exports to China, among other steps aimed at boosting trade and investment cooperation, which officials later said would avert planned “Section 301” tariffs that Washington was preparing to levy on Beijing. The...
24 May 2018
Two months after over 40 nations signed a framework agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories are now beginning the ratification process, while also looking at the technical work needed to make the area a reality. However, analysts note that many steps remain before...
24 May 2018
Negotiators aiming to clinch a WTO deal on disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies concluded several days of meetings last week with an updated set of working documents, with subsequent meetings already set for June and July. The 14-17 May meetings marked the second time that the “rules...
24 May 2018
Last week, the European Commission proposed setting targets for lowering truck emissions, known otherwise as heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), for the first time, calling for 15 percent and 30 percent reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by 2025 and 2030, respectively, compared to 2019 levels. The...
24 May 2018
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is looking to fill the following vacancies. ICTSD is hiring a Managing Editor for Bridges Africa and Passerelles, its English and French-language periodicals focusing on trade and sustainable development in the African continent...
24 May 2018
Coming Soon 29-31 May, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. POLICY WORKSHOP ON SMART GRIDS: PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER AND REGIONAL ENERGY COOPERATION. This event, co-organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will bring policy makers together to promote...
24 May 2018
INVESTMENT TRADE FACILIATION: A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE. By Andreas Dressler for the E15 Initiative (May 2018). This new think piece is part of the E15Initiative, jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). The...