Discussions on a new trade agreement between the EU and Mexico took place last week in Mexico City, following up on the intensive work just before the Christmas.
€8.0 bn surplus for EU28
Certain goods and technologies have legitimate civilian applications but can also be used for the development of weapons of mass-destruction, terrorist acts and human rights violations; these so-called ‘dual-use’ goods are subject to the European Union’s export control regime. This regime is now being revised, mainly to take account of significant technological developments and to create a more level playing field among EU Member States. The proposed regulation recasts the regulation in force since 2009. Among other elements, the proposal introduces a controversial new ‘human security’ dimension to export controls, to prevent the abuse of certain cyber-surveillance technologies by regimes with a questionable human rights record. Stakeholders are divided over the incorporation of human rights considerations, with the technology industry particularly concerned that it might lose out to non-European competitors.
WIPO has just released its World Intellectual Property Report 2017 on ‘Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains’.
It presents original estimates of the returns accruing to intangible capital in the global production of manufactured goods produced.
November 2017 compared with October 2017