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Friday, 20 July 2018
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy in his first official meeting after taking office. The visit underlines the importance that the European Commission places upon a rules-based multilateral free-trading system and the vital role the WTO plays in ensuring its effectiveness.
Monday, 08 March 2010
On 4 February 2010, Mr Karel De Gucht gave a lecture at the College of Europe in Bruges, emphasising the importance of free trade for continuous economic recovery after the financial crisis of 2009, the utility of concluding the Doha round in the prospective of protectionist threats, and how the new role of the European Parliament in co-legislation could strengthen the legitimacy of trade policies.
Kenya is considering breaking ranks with its East Africa partners and sign a framework on new economic trade pacts with Europe, citing its disadvantaged position should it fail to do so. “We have been patient for long and the time may have come to put down our feet and sign the framework. Other regional countries have a fall back position in terms of the Everything But Arms (EBA) should things go wrong,” a senior official at Trade ministry in Nairobi told Business Daily.
The Treaty of Lisbon will introduce a number of changes to European Union (EU) external trade policy decision making. These involve the scope of exclusive competence of the EU, the role of the European Parliament and the inclusion of trade in the common external action of the EU. This article discusses these changes but also provides an initial assessment of how the Treaty of Lisbon (ToL) might affect the role of the EU as an actor in international trade.
Thursday, 04 March 2010
By Ablassé Ouédraogo, former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former special advisor to the President of ECOWAS for trade negotiations. In September 2002, the EU began trade negotiations with 76 African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP). The negotiations were prompted by pressure from the WTO to abandon long and preferential trade relations between Europe and ACP countries.
Mauritius is currently holding talks with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order to reach an agreement on economic and commercial cooperation, according to APA in the Mauritian capital Port Louis on Tuesday, 23 February. Sources at the Ministry of Trade and Commerce have indicated that Mauritius hopes to conclude an agreement with EFTA similar to the Economic Partnership Agreement which Mauritius signed with the European Union.
CONCORD has serious concerns on the content of the revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, but also on the lack of transparency of the process. A better involvement of the civil society in the EU and in the ACP countries in the process would not only enhance transparency and democratic participation and legitimacy, but also enable citizens to hold their governments to account.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010
Between March and June, PIP will be visiting several ACP countries to launch the new Phase. At a series of launch events the PIP team will present the extended scope of our activities, describe how to access support, and answer any questions. The team will also be available after the events to meet with individuals who require more detailed discussions or wish to explore potential support. The events will be open to a range of invited people and organisations – focusing especially on partners and potential beneficiaries.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010
At the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010, the Portuguese delegation, supported by Bulgaria, Finland, Romania and the United Kingdom, asked the Commission to propose exceptional measures for the sugar refinery industry, hence rebalancing the impact of the additional out-of-quota exports on the supply of raw sugar cane.
The world’s three major sugar-exporting nations – Thailand, Brazil and Australia – recently expressed their opposition to the European Union’s (EU’s) export subsidy on sugar, on the grounds that it affects prices and lowers other countries’ export volumes. The three countries have agreed on the possible filing of a case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the EU does not review its policy.