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CETA to apply REX system this year, following provisional application

| The Commission recently informed industry that the registered exporter’s (REX) system will soon apply to the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA)

Bangladesh: Graduation impact assessment expected next year

| The Bangladesh government announced its intention to launch a detailed impact assessment of the country’s graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

Sri Lanka GSP+ passes through EP and Council successfully

| Sri Lanka has gotten the green light for the granting of its GSP+ status by the EU co-legislators.

Commission threatens to suspend EBA for Bangladesh due to labour rights violations

| The European Commission threatened to begin a formal investigation which could lead to withdrawal of Bangladesh’s trade preferences, due to Bangladesh’s failure to comply with a number of ILO labour r

Turkey: Commission calls for mandate to launch customs union modernisation

| On 25 January, a round table discussion was held in European Parliament, co-organized by the European Neighbourhood Council, Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association and MEP Kati Piri

Sri Lanka: Commission proposes removal of import duties as pathway to GSP+ opens

| Sri Lanka advances in GSP+ approval process.

Turkey: Commission requests Council mandate to modernise customs agreement

| The European Commission has formally requested a mandate from the European Council to open negotiations with Turkey on modernising and extending the scope of its Customs Union agreement with the EU

Japan: Renewed expectations, progress hinges on CJEU decision on mixed agreements

| The Japanese side has expressed anxiety in relation to potential ratification hurdles a deal could face, such as the events that unfolded in the CETA saga.

Malaysia: PM Confident EU-Malaysia FTA Talks Will Resume by End of 2016

| Malaysia is confident that EU-Malaysia free trade talks will resume by the end of 2016, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib stated during an official visit to Germany in late September.

European Commission pushing for closure of CETA

| The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, hopes to ratify CETA at the EU-Canada summit on October 27.

Brexit revives EU-Japan trade talks

| EU diplomats have hinted that the 17th round of talks on the EU-Japan trade agreement which concluded on 30 September could break the current deadlock.

African countries will lose preferential treatment if no further progress is made on EPA ratification

| The Commission has decided to withdraw the Market Access Regulation for the countries that have not taken the necessary steps towards ratifying the Economic Partnership Agreements. I

Trade priorities of the Slovak Presidency

| As of 1st July 2016, Slovakia will take over the presidency of the European Union for the next 6 months.

CETA is a mixed agreement according to Member States

| Member States agreed to consider CETA as a mixed agreement – meaning that some of its provisions fall into the competences of the Member States and not of the European Union.

Council conclusions on responsible global value chains

| In the conclusions adopted by the Council on 12 May 2016, Member States call on the Commission to further support actions aimed at enhancing private sector engagement...

CETA : dispute over granting visa-free travel to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens

| Bucharest and Sofia have made clear that they will not sign the CETA agreement if Canada does not grant their citizens visa-free travel.

Compromise on mandatory marking of origin rejected by Member States

| The Product Safety and Market Surveillance package is still blocked at Council level as Member States remain divided on the key issue of mandatory marking of origin.

Launch of the EU Garment Initiative

| A high-level stakeholder event will take place in Brussels on 25 April 2016 to officially launch the EU Garment Initiative.

UCC guidelines on customs valuation

| The Commission has started the process of drafting guidelines on customs valuation.

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.

EU-Philippines FTA: first round to take place in May 2016

| The first round of negotiations is expected to take place on 23-27 May of this year in Brussels. Most of the chapters will be discussed between the negotiators as...

EP own-initiative report on the Trade Policy Strategy

| The European Parliament will draft an own-initiative report on the review of the Trade Policy Strategy. MEP Tiziana Beghin will present the draft report to the INTA committee at the end of March

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

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.

India: Chief Negotiator meeting planed for January 2016

| EU and Indian Chief Negotiators are expected to meet in January to assess the potential resumption of the trade talks.

Negotiations on a free trade agreement with the Philippines to be officially launched in the coming weeks

| Negotiation teams of the European Commission and the Philippines will meet for the first round of talks in the first half of 2016.