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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Letter from the EU and UK Permanent Representatives in Geneva regarding WTO consultations on EU-UK tariff rate quotas, following the UK withdrawal from EU

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

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization as regards public stockholding for food security purposes, trade-distorting domestic support, including for cotton, export restrictions in agriculture, fisheries subsidies, domestic regulation in services, and SMEs/Transparency of Regulatory Measures for Trade in Goods

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Agenda: Joint EP INTA/FEMM Committee Meeting (22 November 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: Transatlantic relations: USA and Canada

The EU, US and Canada share the values of democracy, human rights, and economic and political freedom, and overlapping foreign policy and security concerns. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement were signed on 30 October 2016 and received the European Parliament’s consent on 15 February 2017. Negotiations on an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, launched on 8 July 2013, have been halted since US President Donald Trump was elected.

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Press Release: EU completes latest round of trade negotiations with Mercosur

The fifth negotiating round between the European Union and Mercosur since the resumption of formal talks in October last year was held from 6 to 10 November in Brasilia. This round follows on from the round from 2 to 6 October, also held in Brasilia. Mercosur is the trade grouping which in these negotiations includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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Press Release: EU and Chile to start negotiations for a modernised Association Agreement

A first round of negotiations between the EU and Chile for a modernised Association Agreement will take place on 16 November, in Brussels. This follows the decision taken today by EU Member States to approve the mandate for the European Union to conduct these negotiations.

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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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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Exchange of views on EU-China trade relations (9 November 2017)

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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 – State of play of the ongoing trade negotiations with Mexico (9 November 2017)

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Press Release: Report: EU trade agreements in place deliver tangible benefits

New Commission report highlights positive outcomes of existing EU trade agreements and identifies areas for improvement.

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, trade, transport, and general policy.

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

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Event: Civil Society Dialogue on the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017 (Brussels, 27 November 2017)

The purpose of this meeting is to exchange views on the progress in the run up to the Ministerial Conference and the possible outcomes.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Vote on State of play of the negotiations ahead of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (9 November 2017)

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Amendments: EP INTA/FEMM Committees on Gender equality in EU trade agreements

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