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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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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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