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Trade makes the world better off. It should be more popular.

| When a firm or an individual buys a good or a service produced abroad at lower cost, living standards in both countries increase. Societies gain when countries trade.

MEPs call for Commission to rely on multilateral conventions rather than sanctions for TSD enforcement

| Following the release of the Commission’s non-paper in July, MEP Christofer Fjellner (SE, EPP) and MEP Daniel Caspary (DE, EPP), sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, providing the

Brexit: Delay in trade talks likely as EU grows impatient with perceived UK unpreparedness

| EU and UK officials have raised concerns that the EU-UK future trade relationship won’t be discussed until December following the third round of negotiations.

Juncker SOTEU speech to include new approach to investment protection

| During his annual state of the EU (SOTEU) speech on 13 September, Commission President Juncker will outline his vision for the future of Europe with trade as one of the key topics.

Vietnam: Progress in ratification procedure anticipated for Autumn 2017

| The Commission maintains its timeline for legal scrubbing as well as approval by the Council and Parliament of the Vietnam FTA by autumn of this year.

Commission sets deadline for Bangladesh progress on labour rights

| The Commission sent its second letter in 3 months to the government of Bangladesh, this time, with the deadline of 31 August to improve their compliance with ILO standards.

Mercosur: textile RoOs remain a major sticking point after latest negotiating round

| As negotiations move forward in other areas, rules of origin for textiles remain a major sticking point between the EU and Mercosur.

Preliminary discussion on tariff rate quotas during second round of Brexit negotiations

| Despite the EU’s hard stance of not negotiating trade until the second phase of Brexit discussions, negotiators began to raise certain aspects of trade in goods.

Commission makes the case for non-sanction enforcement of TSD

| Earlier this month, the European Commission announced its plans of opening a debate on trade and sustainable development in EU trade agreements.

Full liberalisation on textiles, increased market access for footwear in EU-Japan FTA

| Negotiators agreed to fully liberalise tariffs on textiles and will apply at the entry into force of the agreement.

Brexit negotiations start off without a bang; trade on the agenda as early as October

| The UK has seen a flurry of activity in the last three weeks with its general election, forming of new government as a result of the election, and the start of Brexit negotiations.

Review of EU investor protection rules could affect ratification of EU-Vietnam FTA

| Following the opinion by the Court of Justice of the EU, the Commission is currently reviewing its approach to some provisions on investment protection.

Commission updates Turkey and Indonesia key barriers list

| The Commission has included a number of trade irritants affecting the branded clothing sector in its updated key barriers lists, as presented to members of the Market Access Advisory Committee

EP tables draft resolution on impact of trade on global value chains

| The European Parliament has prepared a draft resolution on the impact of the EU’s trade policies on global value chains.

CETA to apply REX system this year, following provisional application

| The Commission recently informed industry that the registered exporter’s (REX) system will soon apply to the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA)

CJEU opinion on Singapore: Brings back much needed clarity

| The European Court of Justice (CJEU) qualifies non-direct foreign investment and investor state dispute settlement mechanism as competences shared between the European Union and its Member States.

Bangladesh: Graduation impact assessment expected next year

| The Bangladesh government announced its intention to launch a detailed impact assessment of the country’s graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

Sri Lanka GSP+ passes through EP and Council successfully

| Sri Lanka has gotten the green light for the granting of its GSP+ status by the EU co-legislators.

Commission threatens to suspend EBA for Bangladesh due to labour rights violations

| The European Commission threatened to begin a formal investigation which could lead to withdrawal of Bangladesh’s trade preferences, due to Bangladesh’s failure to comply with a number of ILO labour r

Turkey: Commission calls for mandate to launch customs union modernisation

| On 25 January, a round table discussion was held in European Parliament, co-organized by the European Neighbourhood Council, Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association and MEP Kati Piri

Commission encourages industry members to share rules of origin problems

| The Commission acknowledged that rules of origin need to be simplified and that they already addressed through trade agreement negotiations.

Sri Lanka: Commission proposes removal of import duties as pathway to GSP+ opens

| Sri Lanka advances in GSP+ approval process.

Turkey: Commission requests Council mandate to modernise customs agreement

| The European Commission has formally requested a mandate from the European Council to open negotiations with Turkey on modernising and extending the scope of its Customs Union agreement with the EU

Japan: Renewed expectations, progress hinges on CJEU decision on mixed agreements

| The Japanese side has expressed anxiety in relation to potential ratification hurdles a deal could face, such as the events that unfolded in the CETA saga.

Malaysia: PM Confident EU-Malaysia FTA Talks Will Resume by End of 2016

| Malaysia is confident that EU-Malaysia free trade talks will resume by the end of 2016, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib stated during an official visit to Germany in late September.

European Commission pushing for closure of CETA

| The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, hopes to ratify CETA at the EU-Canada summit on October 27.

Brexit revives EU-Japan trade talks

| EU diplomats have hinted that the 17th round of talks on the EU-Japan trade agreement which concluded on 30 September could break the current deadlock.

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