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Negotiations on review of the EU-Mexico FTA could start in June

The European Commission expects a first round of negotiations for the modernisation of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement to take place before the summer 2016, potentially in June. The European Commission has shared the draft mandate with the Council and the European Parliament. Member States are currently assessing the mandate and may amend it before the final confirmation. Rules of origins, agriculture and market access have been identified by several Member States as key priorities. EU Trade Ministers wish to adopt the mandate on 23 May, during a Foreign Affairs Council meeting. MEPs have yet to decide whether they will take a position on the draft mandate. Members of the International Trade Committee (INTA) plan to travel to Mexico during the second half of the year to discuss the modernisation of the agreement with their Mexican counterparts. However, the final decision still remain to be taken.

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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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