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EU-Canada trade deal, 1 year on - EUbusiness Week newsletter 831


21-09-2018

EUbusiness Week 831 top stories: EU leaders reject Britain's 'Chequers plan' for Brexit; EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO; EU reaches out to Asia with infrastructure plan; BMW, Daimler, VW in EU collusion probe on clean emissions; Air pollution causes 400,000 premature deaths in EU; U.S. now EU's main supplier of soyabeans

Publisher's Note

Today marks the first anniversary of entry into force of the CETA trade deal between the EU and Canada. Provisionally applied, the treaty has eliminated 98 per cent of tariffs between Canada and the EU. From the EU side, early signs are that the deal is starting to deliver for EU businesses. With exports up in many sectors, and EU companies also gaining access to Canadian public procurement contracts, there is reason to celebrate, the EU Trade Commissioner said as she heads off to Canada to take stock of progress. Whether it would be such a good model from the British side post-Brexit is another matter.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU leaders reject Britain's 'Chequers plan' for Brexit

EU leaders at a summit Thursday rejected the 'Chequers plan' of UK prime minister Theresa May, saying its framework for economic cooperation would not work and risked undermining the single market.
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2. EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO

A day after US President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, the EU put forward proposals to upgrade World Trade Organisation rules, which it says are outdated and often ignored.
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3. EU reaches out to Asia with infrastructure plan

The Commission and foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini adopted a Joint Communication Wednesday setting out a vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia.
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4. BMW, Daimler, VW in EU collusion probe on clean emissions

The Commission opened an investigation Tuesday into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to avoid competing on the development of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel cars.
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5. Air pollution causes 400,000 premature deaths in EU

Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and hundreds of billions of euros in health-related external costs, says a new report on the impact of EU action to protect human health from its effects.
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6. U.S. now EU's main supplier of soyabeans

The U.S. has become Europe's main supplier of soyabeans, reaching a 52% share compared to 25% in in the same period last year, according to figures published Thursday.
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