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MEPs agree on the opening of FTA negotiations with Tunisia

Members of the European Parliament have given their consent on 25 February 2016 to the launch of free trade negotiations with Tunisia. The first round of negotiations has been scheduled in the week of 18th of April in Tunis. However, not all MEPs were supportive of the opening of the negotiations. An editorial in the French Huffington Post co-signed by several French MEPs criticises the European Commission for putting the economic interest of the EU first instead of focusing on development aid to support the Tunisian democracy. 

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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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