EU-Canada trade deal, 1 year on - EUbusiness Week newsletter 831
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Week 831 top stories: EU leaders reject Britain's 'Chequers plan' for Brexit; EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO; EU reaches out to Asia with infrastructure plan; BMW, Daimler, VW in EU collusion probe on clean emissions; Air pollution causes 400,000 premature deaths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
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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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.
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 EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO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Organisation rules, which it says are outdated and often ignored.
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.
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.
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
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.
McDonald's: the non-taxation of certain McDonald's profits in Luxembourg
did not lead to illegal State aid, being in line with national tax laws
and the Luxembourg-United States Double Taxation Treaty, the EU ruled
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