Press Release: Registration opens for public hearing in “EU — Additional Duties on Certain Products from the United States”

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Event: Rethinking Global Governance in Trade and Investment: International Perspectives (Brussels, 30 August 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): European Union schedule of specific commitments annexed to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

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Press Release: Revamped trade indicator suggests further weakening of goods trade into third quarter

The growth of world merchandise trade volumes is likely to remain weak in the third quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer, released on 15 August. The latest reading of 95.7 from the barometer, formerly the World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), is lower than the previous release and signals that stronger trade growth is not yet in sight.

Dispute Settlement Body: Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting

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Dispute Settlement Body: Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting

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Press Release: The European Union and the United States sign an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

The European Union and the United States, represented respectively by Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Ambassador to the United States and Jani Raappana, Deputy Head of Mission, for the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, signed in Washington D.C. an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing quota to import hormone-free beef into the EU.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/1316 of 15 July 2019 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014)

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Press Release: EESC calls on Commission to better reconcile its industry and energy legislation with its climate policy

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness. 

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 July 2019)

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Agenda: Customs Union Working Party (10 September 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Joint statement of aluminium associations following the publication of the OECD report: “Measuring distortions in international markets: the aluminium value chain.”

In January 2019, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a landmark report, “Measuring distortions in international markets: The aluminium value chain.” It highlights how non-market forces are responsible for some of the recent increases in aluminium smelting capacities, with adverse impacts throughout the value chain.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Malmström (24 July 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (10 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Event: Public Forum 2019 — “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World” (8-11 October 2019)

Update – the programme is now available.

This year’s Public Forum theme is ‘Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World’. The sub-themes will be: “services — the next trade frontier”, “the next generation — what do Millennials & Gen Z want to see from global trade” and “the next chapter of the WTO — strengthening the trading system”.

Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (23 July 2019)

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Press Release: Azevêdo: WTO reform is already happening

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UPDATED – Agenda: EU-Canada Summit (Montreal, Canada – 17-18 July 2019)

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Press Release: EESC calls on Commission to better reconcile its industry and energy legislation with its climate policy

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness. The goal must be to better protect and promote the EU’s resource and energy-intensive industries (REII), otherwise Europe runs the risk of losing jobs to less clean economies and missing its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) (24 July 2019)

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Speech: DDG Wolff: The opportunity for reform of the trading system must not be squandered

Speaking at an event held at the Banque de France Conference Centre in Paris on 16 July to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreements, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff called on leaders to ensure “open trade under agreed global rules is an essential part of a revitalized international economic order that can continue to deliver the benefits that its founders envisioned”. An opportunity for reform of the WTO has been created, he said, which should result in the creation of an updated and strengthened multilateral trading system.

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