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

EU puts in place safeguards against steel imports after Trump tariffs 19 July 2018, 18:30 CET
The EU Commission introduced safeguard measures on imports of steel products Wednesday, to address the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of recently imposed US tariffs.

EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan 18 July 2018, 15:52 CET
EU and Japanese leaders signed a landmark free trade agreement Tuesday, removing nearly all tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan and sending a clear message against protectionism.

EU urges China to play by the rules on trade 17 July 2018, 18:32 CET
China needs to take responsibility for global problems of overcapacity in the steel and aluminium sectors, and conform to stricter rules on state aid, the European Union said at a summit in Beijing Monday.

MEPs urge clamp-down on illegal trade in pets 12 July 2018, 14:10 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's health committee proposed Wednesday measures to help EU countries tackle illegal trade in pets, often committed by cross-border criminal networks.

50 years of the EU Customs Union 03 July 2018, 00:25 CET
In 2018 the European Union celebrates the 50th anniversary of the EU Customs Union. Since 1968, the Customs Union has been protecting the safety and security of citizens of its member countries and collecting customs duties that represent an important source of revenue in the EU, whilst transforming customs into a modern and responsive partner to trade. Events are organised all over the European Union to mark the anniversary.

EU Customs Union: the world's largest trading bloc 03 July 2018, 00:20 CET
The EU's Customs Union celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 1, and is seen by many as one of the European Union's greatest achievements.

Tariffs would damage US car industry, EU warns Trump 03 July 2018, 17:51 CET
Imposing tariffs on imports of EU cars would damage US trade and its own car industry, the European Union warned Monday in formal comments to the United States Department of Commerce.

China, Russia protectionism on the increase: EU report 28 June 2018, 23:45 CET
European exporters report a major increase in protectionism in 2017, according to the EU's annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers, released Tuesday, with China and Russia the main culprits.

Market Access database 27 June 2018, 13:45 CET
The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets.

EU activates retaliatory duties on US imports 25 June 2018, 13:32 CET
The EU's 'rebalancing measures' in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminium came into effect Friday, targeting steel products, agricultural goods and other products worth some EUR 2.8 billion.

EU launches trade talks with New Zealand 22 June 2018, 00:03 CET
EU Trade Cecilia Malmstroem launched negotiations Thursday for a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand, aimed at removing barriers to trade in goods and services.

EU-New Zealand Trade Agreement 21 June 2018, 17:42 CET
The European Union has launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement with New Zealand. Bilateral trade in goods between the two partners has risen steadily in recent years, reaching almost EUR 8.7bn in 2017. The EU is New Zealand's third-biggest trade partner. According to the impact assessment, trade between New Zealand and the EU could increase by 36%; trade in goods could increase by 47%, whereas the services trade could increase by 14%.

EU-Australia Trade Agreement 18 June 2018, 14:09 CET
The European Union launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement with Australia on 18 June. The EU is Australia's second-biggest trade partner. Bilateral trade in goods between the two partners has risen steadily in recent years, reaching almost EUR 48bn in 2017. Bilateral trade in services added an additional EUR 27bn. According to an impact assessment, trade in goods and services between the two partners could increase by around a third.

Talks launched for 'ambitious' EU-Australia trade deal 18 June 2018, 14:16 CET
EU Trade Cecilia Malmstroem met with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday to officially launch negotiations for a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and Australia.

EU to retaliate over US steel tariffs from July 07 June 2018, 18:29 CET
In its response to the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the European Union decided Wednesday to apply additional duties to selected imports from the United States from July.

EU launches WTO case against China 03 June 2018, 20:39 CET
The European Union launched legal proceedings in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Friday against Chinese legislation that it claims undermines the intellectual property rights of European companies.

EU ministers give green light to trade talks with Australia and New Zealand 23 May 2018, 23:33 CET
EU trade ministers authorised the opening of talks for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, which the Commission says could benefit Europe to the tune of EUR 5 billion.

EU will comply with WTO decision on Airbus state aid 17 May 2018, 13:55 CET
The EU says it will take 'swift action' to ensure it is fully in line with the World Trade Organisation's final decision Tuesday in a dispute brought by the United States concerning state aid for Airbus.

EU moves to tighten cooperation with Cuba 16 May 2018, 13:02 CET
The EU-Cuba Joint Council met for the first time Tuesday, discussing implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement which has been provisionally applied since November 2017.

EU-Mexico Trade Agreement 23 April 2018, 15:47 CET
The European Union and Mexico have reached an "agreement in principle" on the main trade parts of a new EU-Mexico association agreement. The new agreement replaces a previous deal between the EU and Mexico from 2000. The original association agreement brought many trade benefits to the EU and Mexico, though some trade barriers still remain. The new deal will: scrap high Mexican tariffs on European food and drinks; allow EU firms to sell more services to Mexico; pledge to protect workers' rights and the environment. Negotiations are focused on completing the technical details of the agreement. Negotiators expect to have a final text of the agreement in late 2018.

Mexico and EU agree revamped trade deal 24 April 2018, 14:05 CET
Almost all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico are to be duty-free, including in agriculture, following Saturday's agreement on a new trade deal, part of a broader, updated global agreement.

Brussels urges early signing of Japan trade deal 19 April 2018, 00:13 CET
The European Commission urged a swift conclusion of trade deals with Japan Wednesday, presenting the outcome of negotiations on the biggest bilateral trade partnership ever negotiated by the EU.

EU - Singapore Free Trade Agreement 19 April 2018, 00:11 CET
The European Union and Singapore have finished negotiating a Free Trade Agreement and an Investment Protection Agreement. The agreements aim to: remove nearly all customs duties and get rid of overlapping bureaucracy; improve trade for goods like electronics, food products and pharmaceuticals; stimulate green growth, remove trade obstacles for green tech and create opportunities for environmental services; encourage EU companies to invest more in Singapore, and Singaporean companies to invest more in the EU.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement 17 July 2018, 18:18 CET
The EU has finalised negotiations for a trade agreement with Japan. EU firms already export over €58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year. But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete. The trade agreement with Japan will remove these barriers, help the EU shape global trade rules in line with its standards and shared values, and send a powerful signal that two of the world's biggest economies reject protectionism.

Russian duties on EU vans illegal, WTO confirms 23 March 2018, 23:42 CET
The WTO has dismissed Russia's appeal and upheld EU arguments in the dispute on the anti-dumping duties imposed by Russia in 2013 on imports of European light commercial vehicles (LCVs).