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EBCA welcomes EU plans to open negotiations with Japan on a Free Trade Agreement

EBCA’s members are delighted that the European Council has given a mandate to the Commission to start negotiations with Japan over a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. As a key trading partner for European businesses, it is important that the Japanese market is easily accessible to imports of a wide range of goods and services, and equally important that European countries can easily attract investment and imports from Japan where this adds value to the European economy.

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Vietnam FTA: Legal scrubbing till April

| The trade agreement between EU and Vietnam may be sent for approval by Parliament and Council in April.

CETA: Joint review of T&SD chapters

| Commission asks for joint review the enforceability of CETA’s T&SD chapters in response to promises made in October 2016 when the Walloon regional parliament threatened to derail the agreement.

Slow progress with Mexico

| he Commission published its report from the fifth round of negotiations with Mexico. Rules of origin remain sticking point.

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

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