Press Release: Bulgarian Presidency priorities presented before the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Two Bulgarian ministers – Mr Emil Karanikolov, Minister for the Economy, and Ms Monika Panayotova, Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU –presented today the Presidency priorities in their areas of responsibility before two committees of the European parliament – International Trade (INTA) and Constitutional Affairs (AFCO).

Overview of FTA and Other Trade Negotiations

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EU-Japan FTA / EPA: List of Geographical indications for products as referred to in Article 24

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Decisions, Resolutions and Declaration of the 106th session of the ACP Council of Ministers held in Brussels, Belgium, from 5 to 6 December 2017

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (22 – 23 January 2018)

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At a Glance: EU-Japan trade deal finalised

Following the political agreement in principle reached in July 2017, a final accord on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was announced on 8 December 2017. The Commission aims that the agreement come into effect before the end of its mandate in 2019, after the approval of the Council and the European Parliament. However, negotiations on investment protection standards and investment protection dispute resolution will continue.

Press Release: Commission concludes trade agreement with Japan, but the deal is not done yet

The European Commission has quietly concluded the free trade agreement with Japan today, but the European Council and European Parliament must still decide. GUE/NGL MEPs warn that the Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement (JEFTA) contains many of the same problems as TTIP and CETA which European citizens have clearly stated that they find unacceptable.

Agenda: ACP Working Party (15 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (11 December 2017)

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Press Release: Aid for trade: Council adopts conclusions on achieving prosperity through trade and investment

On 11 December, development ministers discussed and adopted conclusions on the updated strategy on aid for trade, as presented in the Commission communication of November 2017 “Achieving prosperity through trade and investment: updating the 2007 joint EU strategy on aid for trade”.

EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement

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Press Release: EU and Japan finalise Economic Partnership Agreement

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono today announced the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Draft Opinion: EP DEVE Committee on the Annual report on the implementation of the Common Commercial Policy

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – EP-PAP Parliamentary Summit, 27-28 November 2017, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (4 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision No 2/2017 of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, of 17 November 2017 as regards the establishment of a list of arbitrators [2017/2203]

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision No 1/2017 of the Joint Cariforum-EU Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, of 17 November 2017 concerning the amendment of Annex IX to Protocol I: Overseas countries and territories [2017/2202]

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Third meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Parliamentary Committee,Trinidad and Tobago (23 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Putting Partnership into Practice

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Public Hearing Trade Policy Day (22 November 2017)

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Factsheet: EU trade policy and Africa’s exports

The EU is the most open market for African exports. Most African countries have fully free access to the EU market. Other partners offer less favourable conditions for African exports. Europe is by far Africa’s largest export market and its main customer. Thanks to EU trade openness, exports of food and manufactured products from Africa to the EU keep increasing.

Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (22 November 2017)

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CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Fourth meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

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Event: Shaping the EU-Japan trade relations (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

In July 2017, the EU and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EPA. Within the framework of our event we would like to discuss the possible challenges ahead to close the deal, the chances to overcome differences on the topic of investment protection and the ability of the partners to set global standards regarding digital trade and data flows. As speakers we will be welcoming Ambassador Akira Kono, Deputy Head of the Japanese Mission to the European Union, Philippe Duponteil, European Commission and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

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