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Brussels moves to ban products made with forced labour from EU market 14 September 2022, 22:58 CET
The EU Commission published Wednesday a legislative proposal which will effectively prohibit the placing on the EU market of products made with forced labour, as well as their export from the EU.

Prohibition of products made by forced labour in the Union Market - guide 14 September 2022, 22:54 CET
The European Commission proposed on 14 September to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market. The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports, and imported goods, without targeting specific companies or industries.

EU supports Ukraine economy with temporary trade liberalisation 24 May 2022, 22:10 CET
EU ministers gave the green light to significant support to Ukraine's economy Tuesday with a one-year suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the European Union and other trade concessions.

EU moves to regulate 'distortive' foreign subsidies 09 May 2022, 23:06 CET
EU institutions adopted their position Thursday on a regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market, aiming to ensure a level playing field for all companies operating in the market.

EU moves to suspend import duties for Ukraine exports 03 May 2022, 23:38 CET
The Commission proposed Wednesday a one-year suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the EU, as well as anti-dumping and safeguard measures in place on Ukrainian steel exports.

Motor vehicles, toys most notified unsafe products in EU: report 25 April 2022, 18:08 CET
Cars are at the top of the list of notified unsafe products, followed by toys, the European Commission said in its annual 'Safety Gate' report on dangerous non-food products, published Monday.

EU, India to launch EU-India trade council 25 April 2022, 17:35 CET
The European Union and India agreed Monday to launch the EU-India Trade and Technology Council, as a concrete effort to strengthen the decades-long EU-India partnership.

EU challenges China at WTO to defend high-tech sector 18 February 2022, 22:50 CET
The European Union filed a case against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Friday for restricting EU companies from going to a foreign court to protect and use their patents.

New EU Chips Act aims for 'digital sovereignty' 09 February 2022, 23:39 CET
The European Commission proposed Tuesday a comprehensive package it says will ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technology.

European Chips Act - guide 08 February 2022, 17:57 CET
The European Commission proposed on 8 February a comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications.

EU aspires to global leadership on standards 08 February 2022, 18:05 CET
The EU Commission presented a new standardisation strategy Thursday to set global standards which protect EU values and counter external dependencies and threats from artificial intelligence and hacking.

EU standardisation strategy 03 February 2022, 17:47 CET
The European Commission presented on 2 February a new Standardisation Strategy outlining the EU's approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. The Strategy is accompanied by a proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a report on its implementation, and the 2022 annual Union work programme for European standardisation.

EU challenges Egypt import restrictions at WTO 27 January 2022, 18:55 CET
The European Union requested Wednesday dispute settlement consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with Egypt on its 'unfair' compulsory import registration requirements.

EU to strengthen trade defence against foreign coercion 09 December 2021, 23:05 CET
The European Union announced plans Wednesday to counter the deliberate use of economic coercion by third countries with a set of tools to strengthen trade defence against such pressure.

Anti-Coercion Instrument 08 December 2021, 21:47 CET
The European Commission proposed on 8 December a new tool to counter the use of economic coercion by third countries.

EU's EUR 300 bn fund to counter Chinese influence 06 December 2021, 22:26 CET
The EU launched a EUR 300 billion 'Global Gateway' fund Wednesday to counter the influence of China and develop links in transport, health, education and research systems across the world.

Global Gateway 01 December 2021, 22:25 CET
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 1 December launched the Global Gateway, the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.

EU, United States agree steps to decarbonise steel 09 November 2021, 16:26 CET
The European Union and the United States agreed Sunday to suspend bilateral WTO disputes on steel and aluminium and start discussions on a Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminium.

EU-US negotiations on trade on steel and aluminium - guide 01 November 2021, 17:16 CET
European Commission President von der Leyen and United States President Biden agreed on 31 October to start discussions on a Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminium.

Strengthened EU export controls target dual-use technologies 15 September 2021, 18:05 CET
New export controls, which entered into force Thursday, will reinforce the EU's response to the threat of 'dual-use technologies' such as cyber-surveillance that can be misused for human rights violations.

Commission acts against 12 EU states over unfair trading practices 05 August 2021, 22:08 CET
The European Commission opened infringement procedures Tuesday against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector.

EUR 5 bn EU fund set to mitigate effects of Brexit 22 June 2021, 00:27 CET
A five-billion-euro fund to overcome the consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU came a step closer to adoption Thursday after Council and Parliament reached preliminary agreement on the draft regulation.

EU, US move to end Boeing-Airbus trade dispute 16 June 2021, 14:24 CET
The EU and the US agreed to end the Boeing-Airbus trade dispute Tuesday, suspending tariffs worth USD 11.5 billion, and paving the way to resolving the longest trade dispute in the history of the WTO.

EU, India strengthen strategic partnership on connectivity, trade 13 May 2021, 00:23 CET
The European Union and India concluded at the weekend a connectivity partnership, and agreed to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement and launch talks on an investment protection agreement.

EU Parliament votes to approve EU-UK trade deal 30 April 2021, 00:13 CET
The European Parliament voted by a large majority late Tuesday to give its formal approval to the agreement setting the rules for the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.