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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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The European Union gives green light for phase 2 of Brexit negotiations

| After long and arduous negotiations on 7 and 8 December, the European Commission and the UK government reached an agreement to move on to the 2nd phase of Brexit negotiations, which would involve the

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.

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