EU, US Negotiators Push for 2016 Deal, Though "TTIP Light" Not an Option

Volume
20,
Number
16
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4 May 2016
4 May 2016
Negotiators for an EU-US trade and investment deal concluded their thirteenth round of talks on Friday, with both sides reiterating their wishes to conclude an agreement this year, so long as it does not force a compromise on substance. Meanwhile, public debate has escalated over the deal’s...
4 May 2016
Australia’s main political parties are ratcheting up their debate over how best to tackle the challenges of climate change mitigation, ahead of a 2 July election that was confirmed this week. Last week, Australia’s Labor Party, which is currently in the opposition, released a climate policy plan...
4 May 2016
The results from last December’s WTO ministerial conference went well beyond expectations, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said in Geneva on 2 May, reiterating recent calls for the organisation’s members to draw on this momentum and begin charting a clearer path toward the next ministerial...
4 May 2016
Five of the US’ top trading partners have now been put on a “monitoring list,” according to a recent report by the US Treasury Department on exchange rate policies. However, these countries fell short of meeting the necessary criteria for “enhanced analysis” under Washington’s new trade enforcement...
4 May 2016
The European Union and Japan should aim to conclude their negotiations for a sweeping free trade deal this year, leaders from both sides said on Tuesday, following high-level meetings in Brussels. The 3 May leaders’ meeting, which brought together Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European...
4 May 2016
An investor-state arbitration tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently released its decisions in a dispute brought by a US corporation, Mesa Power Group LLC. At issue in the case, which dates back to 2011, was the awarding of power purchase agreements under the...
4 May 2016
Russia’s trade-distorting agricultural support in 2014 fell to US$5 billion – ₽190 billion – new figures from the government suggest. The report, released by the WTO last Thursday, shows that the country’s farm subsidies have continued to fall steadily, with Moscow reporting a drop of around 30...
4 May 2016
Coming Soon 6 May, Washington, US. BREXIT- IN OR OUT? IMPLICATIONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM’S REFERENDUM ON EU MEMBERSHIP. This panel discussion, hosted by the Brookings Institution in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung America, King’s College London, and Wilton Park USA, will focus on the...
4 May 2016
GLOBAL INVESTMENT TRENDS MONITOR. Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (May 2016). This latest edition of UNCTAD’s investment monitor notes a drop in investment flows through offshore financial hubs, which qualifying that these overall continue high. The publication...