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Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) 2009-2011 - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 24 July 2008, 22:00 CET
The Generalised System of Preferences scheme - The GSP is an autonomous trade arrangement through which the EU provides non-reciprocal preferential access to the EU market to 176 developing countries and territories, in the form of reduced tariffs for their goods when entering the EU market.
EU-Mediterranean Trade by EUbusiness — last modified 02 July 2008, 16:38 CET
Trade relations between the EU and the neighbouring Southern Mediterranean (MED) countries are governed by the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (also referred to as the Barcelona Process), which was launched in November 1995. The partner countries are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and the Palestinian Authority, as well as Turkey.
EU-US Trade and Investment by EUbusiness — last modified 10 June 2008, 21:07 CET
The European Union and the United States form the largest bilateral trade partnership in the world if you look at goods and services combined. Goods trade alone in 2007 amounted to over EUR 440 billion.
2007 customs seizures of counterfeit goods - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 19 May 2008, 13:20 CET
Statistics just published by the European Commission relating to counterfeit and piracy show a significant increase in customs activity last year. In 2007, customs registered over 43,000 cases of fake goods seized at the EU's external border, compared to 37,000 in 2006. This results notably from improved cooperation between customs and industry, enabling customs to better target suspected shipments and to recognize counterfeit goods. Despite this, the number of articles seized decreased from last year's peak of 128 million articles to around 79 million. This is due to a growing number of seizures involving smaller quantities of counterfeit and pirated articles. However, cigarettes and clothing continue to be faked in large quantities and there has been a worrying increase in sectors that are potentially dangerous to consumers (medicines, electrical equipment, personal care products).
EU - Latin America / Caribbean trade facts and figures by EUbusiness — last modified 14 May 2008, 23:27 CET
The EU is the second economic partner for Latin America-Caribbean region. Bilateral trade amounts around EUR 160 billion annually. In 2007 the EU represented around 14% of Latin American exports. For the Caribbean the EU is even more important as an export destination with 19% of products shipped to the EU. These numbers are constantly rising.
Counterfeiting and Piracy conference, 13 May 2008 - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 13 May 2008, 23:59 CET
The High Level Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy has been organised by the European Commission, with the aim of providing a platform for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and major stakeholders, representing business, public administrations and civil society, to discuss the most important aspects of counterfeiting and piracy, exchange views and experiences and explore possible practical measures to enhance the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
EU - Japan trade statistics 2007 by EUbusiness — last modified 21 April 2008, 18:28 CET
Between 2000 and 2007, EU27 exports of goods to Japan fell slightly in value, from 45.5 bn euro to 43.7 bn, while EU27 imports from Japan decreased by 15%, from 92.1 bn to 77.9 bn.
EU trade relations with Australia by EUbusiness — last modified 02 April 2008, 18:36 CET
The EU is Australia's main trading partner. Trade between the two continues to grow steadily. Australian exports to the EU are mainly agricultural products. Australia is the 20th largest trading partner of the EU in the world.
Chinese treatment of foreign financial information providers - EU WTO request by EUbusiness — last modified 03 March 2008, 23:19 CET
The European Union has formally requested consultations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over measures that affect the operation of foreign financial information suppliers in China. China has prevented foreign suppliers of financial information services from providing their services directly to their clients. They are now required to operate through an agent that is a branch of Xinhua itself. Moreover, Xinhua has recently launched a financial information service in direct competition with foreign suppliers. The European Commission had tried to solve the issue through cooperation and dialogue, but without success. The United States has also requested consultations at the WTO over this issue.
Common framework for the marketing of products - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 21 February 2008, 23:10 CET
The European Parliament on 21 February 2008 adopted a broad package of measures to facilitate the functioning of the EU's internal market for goods. This will make it easier for companies, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, to sell their products in the EU whilst increasing the protection of consumers. For industrial products, existing market surveillance systems will be strengthened and, for the first time, aligned with import controls. Accreditation has also been introduced. This is a formal system which may now be used to ensure that conformity assessment bodies (or testing and certification laboratories) provide the high quality services that manufacturers need. The introduction of these measures serves to reinforce the role and credibility of CE marking. Improvements are also proposed for the trade with goods which do not fall under EU-legislation. From now on it will also be the duty of an EU Member State that intends to refuse market access for products that are legally marketed in other Member States to talk to the enterprise and to give detailed objective reasons for any possible refusal. This is intended to create new benefits for entrepreneurs as well as helping consumers broaden their choice. It is expected that the Council of the EU will approve the package of measures soon, so that it can enter into force next year.
Modernised Community Customs Code - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 19 February 2008, 19:05 CET
The aim of the modernised Community Customs Code regulation is to replace the existing Community Customs Code and the related Regulations with a modernized Customs Code that streamlines customs procedures and lays the foundations for accessible, inter-operable customs clearance systems at EU level.
Economic Partnership Agreements - update by EUbusiness — last modified 11 January 2008, 15:50 CET
The EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) have been working to put in place new Economic Partnership Agreements by the start of 2008. These agreements aim at progressively removing barriers to trade and enhancing cooperation in all areas related to trade. They are also aimed at providing an open, transparent and predictable framework for goods and services to circulate freely, thus increasing competitiveness of the ACP.
EU trade deficit of EUR 35bn with Africa in 2006 by EUbusiness — last modified 06 December 2007, 13:26 CET
On the occasion of the second EU-Africa Summit, which takes place on 8-9 December 2007 in Lisbon, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, issues data on trade in goods between the 27 Member States of the EU and 53 African countries.
EU Trade with India and China by EUbusiness — last modified 26 November 2007, 14:44 CET
EU27 trade with China grew by 150% between 2000 and 2006. EU Trade with India up by 80%.
India EU trade by EUbusiness — last modified 26 November 2007, 13:34 CET
EU-India trade has grown impressively over the years, from €4.4 billion in 1980 to over €46 billion in 2006. Trade with the EU represents almost 20% of India's exports and imports and the EU thus as a bloc is India's largest trading partner. The EU is also India's largest source of foreign direct investment. However, India accounts for just 1.8% of total EU trade. India attracts only 1.3% of the EU's world-wide investments.
WTO deal on generic medicines - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 19 November 2007, 17:17 CET
The European Union on 19 November 2007 adopted a WTO initiative to improve access to medicines for developing countries.
EU Single Market - benefits by EUbusiness — last modified 16 November 2007, 13:54 CET
Ten ways in which Europeans have benefited from the Single Market
Kimberley Process - fighting blood diamonds by EUbusiness — last modified 01 November 2007, 00:58 CET
The European Commission, as current Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP) – the international scheme to end trade in conflict diamonds, is hosting its Annual Conference in Brussels on 5-8 November. Some 300 delegates, including Ministers, officials, industry and civil society representatives, will meet to review efforts in diamond trading, cutting and polishing centres to exclude conflict diamonds, as well as controls in countries with artisanal diamond production. Participants are expected to agree further measures to strengthen the scheme.
Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - principles & objectives by EUbusiness — last modified 31 October 2007, 12:47 CET
The negotiations leading to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) were launched in Brussels on 27 September 2002 to be conducted in two phases. The first phase is conducted at "All-ACP"-EU level and takes on board cross-cutting themes of interest to all parties concerned, mainly: legal matters, the development "dimension" of the EPAs, Agriculture and Fisheries agreements, services, market access and trade-related matters. The Second phase is conducted at ACP national and regional level with spotlight on specific commitments.
Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 31 October 2007, 12:55 CET
The negotiations leading to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) were launched in Brussels on 27 September 2002 to be conducted in two phases. The first phase is conducted at "All-ACP"-EU level and takes on board cross-cutting themes of interest to all parties concerned, mainly: legal matters, the development "dimension" of the EPAs, Agriculture and Fisheries agreements, services, market access and trade-related matters. The Second phase is conducted at ACP national and regional level with spotlight on specific commitments.