EU textual proposals on anti-corruption, competition, customs and trade facilitation, digital trade, dispute settlement, energy and raw, intellectual property, public procurement, rules of origin, investment and trade in services, SMEs, technical barriers to trade, trade in goods.
The Commission has set up the expert group to provide an additional forum for getting expert advice and differing perspectives on trade. The group builds on the Commission’s long-standing, active dialogue mechanism with civil society on trade issues.
EU Ministers of Economy opened a political discussion on the future of industrial policy in Europe, with the aim of preparing a comprehensive and long-term EU industrial strategy with a horizon of 2030. The Ministers met in Sofia on 1 February 2018 in the framework of the informal meeting on Competitiveness.
Agenda items include the draft opinion on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), a presentation of the Commission Report on the implementation of Free Trade Agreements and a debate on the Canadian strategy on international trade.