Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

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Press Release: EU Member State’s trade in e-bicycles, 2016 (Eurostat)

The number of imports and exports of electric bicycles (‘e-bicycles’) to and from the EU has risen sharply over the last five years. In 2012, while 209 000 e-bicycles were exported from the EU, in 2016 the export figures stood at 830 000. The number of imports of e-bicycles shows a similar sharp increase over the five-year period. In 2012, the number of e-bicycle imports into the EU stood at 550 000, while in 2016 this figure reached almost 2 million.

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Agenda: Meeting of the Customs Expert Group (28-29 September 2017)

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Event: Forum for the competitiveness of the Rail Supply Industry – Workshop on trade and public procurement (Brussels, 5 October 2017)

The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is organising a workshop on trade and public procurement matters. Specifically, those affecting the competitiveness of the European rail supply industry within the context of the forum on this subject that we launched on 2 March 2017.

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Press Release: Mergers – Commission clears acquisition over a new joint venture between SAIC Motor Corporation and Infineon Technologies

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over the newly created Chinese joint venture SAIC Infineon Automotive Power Modules (Shanghai) Co, by Infineon Technologies AG (“Infineon”) of Germany and SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd (“SAIC”) of China. The joint venture will be established in China and produce and sell automotive frame-based insulated-gate bipolar transistor power modules (power semiconductors) for hybrid and fully electric vehicles in China. Infineon is active in the power semiconductor business. SAIC is a car producer. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given that the joint venture is not active in the European Economic Area. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8513.  (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Source: European Commission

Event: Civil Society Dialogue on Sustainability Impact Assessment and State of Play of the EU-China Investment Negotiations (Brussels, 2 October 2017)

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Merger Case: M.8625 DENSO/FUJITSU TEN

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Press Release: WTO reverses “prohibited” subsidies ruling, EU calls on US to respect obligations as main dispute continues

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Appellate Body has today published a report reversing a previous WTO panel ruling of 28 November 2016. That ruling said that subsidies provided by Washington State to Boeing for its 777X aircraft were ’prohibited’ due to local content requirements. The EU disagrees with the Appellate Body assessment of the scheme.

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Official Journal (C Series): Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures

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Official Journal (C Series): Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of lever arch mechanisms originating in the People’s Republic of China

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Press Release: The EU wins WTO dispute challenging Brazil’s tax subsidies in the ICT, electronics and automotive sectors

In one of the most comprehensive disputes ever launched by the EU, the Panel found that numerous Brazilian tax programmes are illegal under WTO rules. The ruling states that the programmes discriminate against EU automotive, ICT and electronic products and grant prohibited import and export subsidies to Brazilian companies. The dispute also covered fiscal incentives contingent on Brazilian firms meeting certain export performance requirements.

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) No 329/2007

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Letter and Reply: AAPC, ACEA and Auto Alliance regarding Building on TTIP: Regulatory Convergence in the Automobile Sector

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Merger Case: M.8545 BAIN CAPITAL INVESTORS / REIFF TYRE

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Written Answer to a Question: Dairy exports, car imports and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

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Trade Defence Investigation: Case R668 regarding Hand pallet trucks (and their essential parts) from China, Vietnam

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Trade Defence Investigation: Case AD640 regarding Tyres for buses or lorries (retreaded) from China

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Official Journal (C Series): Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries originating in the People’s Republic of China

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Presentation by Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, of the agreement in principle between the EU and Japan on the main elements of an Economic Partnership Agreement (11 July 2017)

A summary of the Commissioner’s presentation is now available.

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Overview: EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

This is an overview of all press releases, statements, speeches, factsheets, infographics, draft texts of chapters, and other documents published on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

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