"Fast Track," TPP Debate Set to Ramp Up as New US Congress Takes Office

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15 January 2015
15 January 2015
The long-stalled debate over whether to renew “fast track” trade powers is set to gear up again after members of the 114th US Congress took office in Washington last week, with incoming congressional leaders in both chambers flagging the legislation as a priority item for the coming months. This...
15 January 2015
The European Commission released on Tuesday the long-awaited results of its public consultation on investment protections in the EU-US trade talks, noting “huge scepticism” regarding investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and pledging to hold additional consultations in the coming months before...
15 January 2015
The US Senate on Monday agreed by 63-32 to proceed with debating legislation geared towards approving the controversial Keystone XL infrastructure project that would move oil extracted from the tar sands of Canada’s Alberta province down to the US Gulf Coast. The Senate is now expected to vote on a...
15 January 2015
China has done away with its strict export quotas on 17 rare earths elements as well as tungsten and molybdenum, the country’s state media reported early in the new year, following a WTO ruling last August that such restrictions were largely inconsistent with the body’s trade rules. The change was...
15 January 2015
New data shows US trade-distorting farm subsidies reached US$12 billion in the 2012 marketing year – close to the US$14.5 billion ceiling that was proposed in the WTO’s 2008 draft Doha deal. The figures, which Washington reported to the WTO in December, also indicate that trade-distorting payments...
15 January 2015
The European Commission – the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm – re-opened its previous anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar glass from China in December, in a move that could reignite past tensions between Brussels and Beijing on renewables trade. The “absorption” investigation was re-...
15 January 2015
Coming Soon 16 January, Tokyo, Japan. SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA – CURRENT INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS AND CHALLENGES FOR IMPLEMENTATION. This event is being co-organised by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan; Beyond MDGs Japan; The...
15 January 2015
TRADE POLICY UNCERTAINTY AND THE WTO. By Valeria Groppo and Roberta Piermartini for the World Trade Organization (December 2014). This new working paper aims to address the question of whether WTO commitments decrease the risk of trade policy reversals. The authors find that such commitments lead...