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News and information about the European Union's trade policy.

Landmark EU-Canada trade deal enters into force 22 September 2017, 11:37 CET
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, entered into force provisionally on Thursday.

A Multilateral Investment Court 14 September 2017, 15:50 CET
A new system for resolving disputes between foreign investors and states in a fair and efficient way.

Brussels unveils its new 'progressive trade policy' 14 September 2017, 17:45 CET
Following yesterday's State of the Union speech, the EU Commission unveiled Thursday a package of trade and investment proposals including to open talks for trade deals with Australia and New Zealand.

41 million fake goods seized at EU borders, China main source 20 July 2017, 18:41 CET
Customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products valued at over EUR 670 million at the EU's external borders in 2016, according to figures released Thursday.

EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement in principle 06 July 2017, 18:37 CET
The agreement in principle – shared with the EU’s Member States and the European Parliament, this website sets out what is in the agreement: summary of the agreement, explanatory factsheets, infographics and the published chapters

EU and Japan reach agreement on historic free trade deal 09 July 2017, 23:52 CET
On the eve of the G20 summit, EU and Japanese leaders announced Thursday a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values.

MEPs greenlight tougher anti-dumping rules 06 July 2017, 12:35 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Wednesday to start talks soon with national governments on new EU anti-dumping rules designed to give better protection to EU industry and jobs.

Brussels registers 'Stop TTIP' citizen initiative 05 July 2017, 21:00 CET
A European Citizens' Initiative to stop the EU negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the CETA trade deal with Canada was accepted Wednesday by the EU Commission.

Trade barriers on the increase, says EU 27 June 2017, 13:29 CET
The "scourge of protectionism" is on the rise, the European Commission warned on Monday as it released a report detailing a 10 per cent increase in obstacles currently hindering European exports.

Brussels issues guidance on raw ivory export ban 17 May 2017, 00:59 CET
The EU Commission moved Tuesday to end the export of old raw ivory as of 1 July, with the adoption of new guidance on the European Union's rules governing ivory trade.

New measures to fight poaching and end trade in raw ivory 17 May 2017, 00:47 CET
The European Commission has moved to end the export of old raw ivory as of 1 July, with the adoption of new guidance on the EU rules governing ivory trade.

Free trade deals cannot be agreed by EU alone: EU Court 16 May 2017, 15:33 CET
The EU Commission cannot conclude trade deals without the approval of national parliaments,when they contain investment dispute systems that supersede national courts, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.

Brussels looks to address public concerns over globalisation 11 May 2017, 14:24 CET
The European Commission published Wednesday a reflection paper on how the EU should deal with globalisation in the future, launching a debate on its benefits and downsides for the lives of Europeans.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation 27 April 2017, 22:30 CET
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

EU, Japan look to speed up talks on trade deal 22 March 2017, 00:18 CET
The European Union made a renewed push for agreement later this year on a bilateral trade deal with Japan, as the country's prime minister Shinzo Abe met EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday.

MEPs vote to stop trade in minerals financing armed conflicts 18 March 2017, 00:41 CET
The EU Parliament approved Thursday new rules to ensure that minerals used by European industries are sourced responsibly, diverting revenues away from rebel groups, conflict, and terror.

Euro-MPs urge better use of trade tools to combat wildlife trafficking 03 March 2017, 00:46 CET
MEPs call on the EU and its Member States Thursday to consider a full ban on trade in elephant ivory within and outside the EU, as well as making better use of its own legal framework to protect nature.

EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel 01 March 2017, 15:26 CET
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of heavy steel plates from China Tuesday, the latest in an unprecedented number of trade defence measures against unfair steel imports.

Trade agreements boost for EU agri-food exports 27 February 2017, 17:48 CET
Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland – were studied in detail.

Russian pork ban illegal, WTO confirms 27 February 2017, 22:25 CET
Russia's 2014 import ban on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the European Union violates international trade rules, the World Trade organization's Appellate Body confirmed on Friday.

Record high for EU agri-food exports in 2016 27 February 2017, 13:51 CET
The European Union had an agri-food trade surplus of EUR 18.8 billion in 2016, according to a Commission report, with the annual value of agri-food exports reaching a new record level at EUR 130.7 billion.

New WTO trade deal enters into force 22 February 2017, 23:29 CET
The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – the most significant multilateral trade deal concluded since the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995 - entered into force Wednesday.

EU-Mongolia Framework agreement - factsheet 21 February 2017, 14:00 CET
The European Union is intent on supporting Mongolia in its continued political and economic reform path, as a valuable partner for the EU in Asia.

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada 16 February 2017, 15:52 CET
The European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada on 15 February 2017, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level.

CETA in your town 15 February 2017, 18:52 CET
Towns and cities across the EU export to Canada. This interactive map draws on a sub-set of all EU companies exporting to Canada. Zoom into the map to see where companies exporting to Canada are located. Click on a country for a snapshot of its trade with Canada.