Today, the EU implemented important changes to its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation and the European Commission published a report on state induced distortions existing in China.
Submission by the European Commission concerning the preliminary injury findings.
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Participating at the final session of the 11th biannual ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström expressed her disappointment at the failure of the Ministerial Conference to deliver any multilateral outcomes.
Brussels, 13 December 2017- Yesterday, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, agreed to strengthen trilateral cooperation in the WTO and other forums in order to battle unfair trade. European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, welcomes the new commitment.
Today, the European Parliament adopted for the first time and by a very large majority a digital trade strategy. Its Members, representing all political groups apart from the extremes, call for international trade rules to deliver tangible benefits for consumers, to dismantle the digital obstacles faced by European companies in third countries and to promote worldwide respect for fundamental rights. To this end, they ask for the inclusion in the EU’s trade agreements of rock-solid provisions in line with EU law, in particular on personal data protection, forced data localisation, net neutrality, roaming and intellectual property.
On 11 December, development ministers discussed and adopted conclusions on the updated strategy on aid for trade, as presented in the Commission communication of November 2017 “Achieving prosperity through trade and investment: updating the 2007 joint EU strategy on aid for trade”.
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan are in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Conference, that brings together trade leaders from all WTO states on a biennial basis, will focus on several areas on which multilateral negotiations have been ongoing. These include farming and fisheries subsidies, regulations on services and e-commerce, transparency between the administrations of WTO members, benefits for small and medium-sized companies as well as issues related to horizontal subsidies.