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Financing for Development by Ina Dimireva — last modified 02 October 2009, 22:28 CET
The 2002 Monterrey Consensus is the partnership between developed and developing countries to find ways of financing development that will meet the Millennium Development Goals. The EU, which provides over half of all official development assistance worldwide, made a number of commitments to achieve this consensus.
Policy Coherence for Development by Ina Dimireva — last modified 02 October 2009, 22:28 CET
When exploring ways to accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the European Union (EU) considers how non-aid policies can assist developing countries in attaining the MDGs. The EU activity in this field is not only a key political commitment in the context of the MDGs, but also has a firm legal basis in the Treaty establishing the European Community (Article 178).
Free Movement of Goods in the EU by Ina Dimireva — last modified 23 July 2009, 09:32 CET
The principle of free movement of goods is one of the cornerstones of the internal market. This principle implies that national barriers to the free movement of goods within the EU be removed.
Trade and Development: the Doha Development Agenda by Ina Dimireva — last modified 20 July 2009, 12:10 CET
The agenda of the Doha Round is much broader than past global trade negotiations and is specifically targeted at addressing the needs of developing countries.
The EU and the WTO by Ina Dimireva — last modified 20 July 2009, 12:07 CET
The WTO and the multilateral trading system are the core focus for EU trade policy. The EU believes that a system of global rules is the best way to ensure that trade between countries is fair and open.
The EU's Generalised System of Preferences by Ina Dimireva — last modified 20 July 2009, 11:46 CET
The EU's Generalised System of Preferences is a trade arrangement through which the EU provides 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.
The EU-ACP Trade Relations by Ina Dimireva — last modified 21 July 2009, 12:09 CET
Economic Partnership Agreements: A New Approach in trade relations between the European Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP).
The EU's Trade Relationship with the United States by Ina Dimireva — last modified 08 July 2011, 17:17 CET
The European Union and the United States have the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. The size and importance of these trade ties make the EU and the US the key players in the global trading system.
The EU's Trade Relationship with Japan by Ina Dimireva — last modified 08 July 2011, 16:02 CET
As a highly developed economy and major global trader and investor, Japan is an important partner for the EU. Japan is the world's third largest national economy, accounting for around 1.9% of the world population and around 9% of world GDP.
The EU's Trade Relationship with Turkey by Ina Dimireva — last modified 20 July 2009, 12:20 CET
The EU and Turkey are linked by a Customs Union agreement, which came in force on 31 December 1995, pursuant to the 1963 EU-Turkey Association Agreement, which aims at promoting trade and economic relations. The Customs Union is ambitious but does not cover essential economic areas, such as agriculture, to which bilateral trade concessions apply, services or public procurement. Turkey has been a candidate country since 1999.
The EU's Trade Relationship with China by Ina Dimireva — last modified 08 July 2011, 15:52 CET
China is the single most important challenge for EU trade policy. China has re-emerged as the world's third economy and the biggest exporter in the global economy, but also an increasingly important political power. EU-China trade has increased dramatically in recent years. China is now the EU's 2nd trading partner behind the USA and the EU's biggest source of imports by far. The EU is also China's biggest trading partner.
The EU's Trade Relationship with Russia by Ina Dimireva — last modified 08 July 2011, 17:08 CET
The European Union and the Russian Federation have a strong trade relationship. Bilateral trade and investments continue to grow rapidly. Russia is one of the EU's key trading partners and trade between the two economies has showed steep growth rates until mid 2008. This trend was interrupted by the economic crisis and the unilateral measures adopted by Russia which have affected our bilateral trade.
EU requests WTO consultations on Chinese export restrictions on raw materials - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 23 June 2009, 16:05 CET
China applies export restrictions - quotas and export duties - on key raw materials. The European Commission says these restrictions distort competition and increase global prices, as some of these resources cannot be found elsewhere. Downstream industries in China therefore have access to cheaper materials than their competitors outside China. That is not a level playing field, and the EU and U.S. have asked for consultations with China at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Trade Barriers Regulation report on US Internet gambling laws - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 10 June 2009, 23:50 CET
The European Commission published on 10 June a report on US laws on remote gambling and their enforcement against EU companies. This report is the outcome of an investigation into United States measures affecting foreign suppliers of Internet gambling services. The report concludes that the US measures constitute an obstacle to trade that is inconsistent with WTO rules. As a result, WTO proceedings would be justified. At the same time, the report suggests that the issue should be addressed with the US Administration, with a view to finding a negotiated solution.
EU - US provisional agreement in beef dispute - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 06 May 2009, 23:49 CET
Today the European Commission and the United States agreed in principle on a way forward in the long-running dispute over hormone-treated beef.
EU-US Trade and Investment - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 18 March 2009, 23:12 CET
Facts and figures on Trade and Investment between the European Union and the United States.
European trade strengths in a changing global economy - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 28 October 2008, 12:42 CET
A report published on 27 October 2008 by the European Commission has assessed the competitiveness of the European Union in the global economy at the end of a decade of rapid economic change. Since the mid-1990s, there has been a major redistribution of market share between emerging and developed countries and among developed countries themselves. In this highly competitive environment, the EU has broadly maintained its world market share, while the US and Japan have lost ground. The EU remains the world's biggest exporter of manufactured goods, and dominates markets for high-quality products. The report warns, however, that the EU needs to focus on investment in its high-technology manufacturing and continue to improve its market share in the fast growing economies of Asia. The report reinforces the economic arguments behind the launch of the European Commission's Global Europe trade policy framework in 2006.
EU - Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement - briefing by EUbusiness — last modified 15 October 2008, 22:19 CET
The European Union and countries of the Caribbean region have today signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which will strengthen ties between the two regions and promote regional integration in the Caribbean. The EPA is the first genuinely comprehensive North-South trade and development agreement in the global economy. It includes a package of measures to stimulate trade, investment and innovation, and to promote sustainable development, build a regional market among Caribbean countries and help eliminate poverty.
EU-China trade in facts and figures by EUbusiness — last modified 23 September 2008, 15:04 CET
China is now the third biggest national exporter in the global economy after Germany and the US. China now accounts for about 8 % of all imports and 12% of all exports in world trade in goods. More than half of China's exports are currently capitalised by foreign companies. Most of this capitalisation comes from neighbouring Asian companies in Japan and South Korea. 8% of it is European.
Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by EUbusiness — last modified 15 September 2008, 21:21 CET
The European Commission presented on 15 September at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) its proposal to update and expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), an existing trade deal between some of the world's biggest trade powers that lowers the cost of IT products. The proposal would take account of new products that have entered the market since the agreement was originally concluded in 1996, eliminating customs duties for these goods. Further points considered are tackling non-tariff barriers "behind the border", as well as the problems caused by the non-functioning of some of the mechanisms and procedures provided for in the current ITA. The Commission hopes that other WTO members will engage in discussions in the near future.