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Public Consultation on the future of EU-Turkey trade and economic relations

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of EU-Turkey Customs Union. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback by 9 June 2016 at the latest on a wide range of issues (e.g. customs procedure, trade facilitation, non-tariff measures). The results of the consultation will be included in the Impact Assessment currently drafted by DG Trade.

Negotiations on the review of the customs union are unlikely to start before 2017

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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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