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

Barriers to European trade continue upward trend
Barriers to trade encountered by European companies trading in foreign markets cost EU businesses billions of euros every year, a new EU report said Monday, with China and Russia the worst culprits.

EU blocks ThyssenKrupp-Tata Steel joint venture
The EU Commission gave the thumbs down Tuesday to a proposed joint venture between major steelmakers Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, saying it would have reduced competition and increased prices.

EU-Canada trade deal passes top EU Court legal test
The mechanism for the resolution of disputes between investors and States provided for by the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is compatible with EU law, the EU's top Court ruled Tuesday.

EU, Japan strengthen bilateral ties
The recently-signed EU-Japan free trade agreement was hailed as "one of the greatest achievements in EU-Japan relations" by EU and Japanese leaders meeting at their summit in Brussels on Thursday.

EU backs start of trade talks with United States
The EU agreed Monday to adopt negotiating directives to start trade talks with the United States, authorising negotiations on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment.

EU, China to cooperate on WTO reform after 'honest' talks
The European and China agreed at a summit Tuesday to deepen the EU-China strategic partnership, cooperate on WTO reform and intensify talks to strengthen international rules on industrial subsidies.

Half dangerous goods coming to EU made in China: report
More than half of all dangerous products detected by the EU's 'Safety Gate for dangerous products' came from China, according to the European Commission's 2018 report released Friday.

EU launches ICT, pharma cases against India, Turkey at WTO
The EU brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation against India and Turkey Tuesday, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on IT products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals.

EU welcomes WTO Boeing ruling against US
The EU has welcomed the World Trade Organisation's ruling Thursday which it says vindicates the EU position that the United States has taken no steps to comply with WTO rules on support to Boeing.

EU Parliament go-ahead for trade deal with Singapore
The European Parliament gave its endorsement Wednesday to the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia.

EU lawmakers vote to tighten checks on unsafe products
EU lawmakers gave their approval Thursday to better enforcement of rules on products, tighter checks on the safety of goods sold in the EU, and improving the coordination of market surveillance.

EU imposes steel tariff-rate quotas from 2 Feb
The EU Commission imposed definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products on Friday, taking effect on 2 February, and replacing the provisional ones in place since July 2018.

EU-Japan free trade zone opens for business
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1 February, allowing businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan to take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

CETA investor dispute system 'compatible with EU law'
The investment dispute mechanism of the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) is compatible with EU law, an advocate-general of the EU Court said Wednesday in an Opinion.

Brussels adopts negotiating mandates for trade deal with the United States
The EU Commission adopted Friday proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

EU steps up WTO action against China over technology transfers
The EU is stepping up its challenge in the World Trade Organisation to practices that force European companies to give up sensitive technology and know-how as a precondition for doing business in China.

EU-Japan trade deal set to enter into force February 2019
February 1, 2019 is the date set for entry into force of the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, as the European Parliament gave its consent Wednesday to the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement - key elements
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, came into force on 1 February, 2019, is expected to boost trade in goods and services as well as create opportunities for investment.

"We are not naïve": EU agrees screening of foreign investment
"We are not naïve free traders" said EC president Jean-Claude Juncker as he welcomed Wednesday's agreement by EU institutions on screening incoming foreign direct investment to ensure security.

Ending unjustified Geoblocking: a short guide for online traders
On 3 December 2018, new rules on geoblocking will enter into force. These measures part of a wider packet of measures under the Digital Single Market Strategy, aimed at boosting cross-border e-commerce in the European Union. These rules will ensure better access to goods and services offered online, create greater certainty for business and build trust amongst consumers and reduce transaction costs and the administrative burden for businesses.

EU-Vietnam trade deal ready for signing, says Brussels
The EU Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements Wednesday, paving the way for their signature and reflecting EU will to put such trade deals in place as soon as possible.

EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement
The European Commission adopted on 17 October the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion.

Green light for Singapore-EU trade deal
EU Member States authorised Tuesday the signature and conclusion of the trade and investment agreements between the EU and Singapore, as well as a partnership and cooperation agreement.

31m fake goods seized at EU borders in 2017
Customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over EUR 580m, according to figures released Thursday by the EU Commission.

EU-Canada trade deal: early signs positive for EU business
Early signs from the trade agreement between the EU and Canada, which entered into force a year ago, are that it is starting to deliver for EU businesses, large and small, with exports up in many sectors.