Comitology Meeting: Committee on Organic Production (30 November – 1 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Opinion: EP AGRI Committee on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2157 of 16 November 2017 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 211/2012 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature

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Evaluation and fitness check roadmap: Evaluation of the trade component of the EU’s Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements with six Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia).

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2017/2104 of 6 November 2017 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe — Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards (UNECE-WP.7) concerning proposals on quality standards for fruit and vegetables

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11-14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the Commission expert group on the Fight against Illicit Trade in Tobacco (16 May 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the Union within the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards supplementing Annex I-A, and in the Association Committee in Trade configuration, on recalculating the schedule of export duty elimination set out in Annexes I-C and I-D to the Association Agreement

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Joint Staff Working Document: Association Implementation Report on Ukraine

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (22 – 23 November 2017)

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (28 November 2017)

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Agenda: Joint EP INTA/FEMM Committee Meeting (22 November 2017)

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Comitology Meeting: Customs 2020 Committee (7 December 2017)

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In-Depth Analysis: EU relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan

The EU is currently reshaping its relationship with Armenia and Azerbaijan through new agreements for which the negotiations ended (Armenia) or started (Azerbaijan) in February 2017. After Yerevan’s decision to join the EAEU (thereby renouncing to sign an AA/DCFTA), the initialling of the CEPA provides a new impetus to EU-Armenia relations. It highlights Armenia’s lingering interest in developing closer ties with the EU and provides a vivid illustration of the EU’s readiness to respond to EaP countries’ specific needs and circumstances. The CEPA is also a clear indication that the EU has not engaged in a zero-sum game with Russia and is willing to exploit any opportunity to further its links with EaP countries. The launch of negotiations on a new EU-Azerbaijan agreement – in spite of serious political and human rights problems in the country – results from several intertwined factors, including the EU’s energy security needs and Baku’s increasing bargaining power. At this stage, Azerbaijan is interested only in forms of cooperation that are not challenging the political status quo. However, the decline in both world oil prices and domestic oil production in this country is creating bargaining opportunities for the EU in what promises to be a difficult negotiation.

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EU Fact Sheet: Trade regimes applicable to developing countries

The EU’s trade and development policy is outlined in the January 2012 Communication on ‘Trade, growth and development’. It focuses on countries most in need. The Generalised Scheme of Preferences has been maintained for LDCs, as has the Everything But Arms regime, while preferential treatment for non-LDC ACP countries has been replaced by Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) including a development component. A new EU Aid for Trade strategy, which aims to help developing countries build trade capacities, is being prepared and will be based on a new communication from the Commission. The EU supports the WTO Development Round and ratified the trade facilitation agreement in October 2015.

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Amendments: EP INTA Committee on the annual report on competition policy

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Press Release: Council agrees to launch negotiations to modernise association agreement with Chile

On 13 November, the Council approved a mandate to negotiate the modernisation of the existing association agreement with Chile.

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Agenda: Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council (17 November 2017)

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Motion for a Resolution: EP INTA Committee on multilateral negotiations in view of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Current and Emerging Trends in Disruptive Technologies: Implications for the Present and Future of EU’s Trade Policy (9 November 2017)

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Opinion: EP ITRE Committee on towards a digital trade strategy

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Summary record of the 74th meeting of the ACP-EU Subcommittee on Trade Cooperation

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Towards a digital trade strategy (9 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of amendments is now available.
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