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

Trade network helps EU counter global economic uncertainties
As more EU trade agreements enter into force, European companies are making good use of opportunities created by the EU's trade network - the largest in the world - the Commission said in a report Monday.

Africa-Europe Alliance
In his State of the Union Address on 12 September 2018, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs. It complements the long-standing political partnership between the two continents. It deepens the economic and trade relations and goes beyond a donor-recipient approach, an "equals’ alliance".

Eastern & Southern African countries look to reinforce trade ties with EU
The EU began talks Wednesday with five Eastern and Southern Africa countries (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen their current Economic Partnership Agreement.

EUR 740m of fake goods stopped at EU borders
Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly EUR 740 million were intercepted at EU customs borders in 2018, according to new figures released Thursday by the European Commission.

EU extends anti-dumping measures against Chinese bicycles
The EU has extended anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese bicycles of 48.5% until 2024, a measure called for by European trade unions, bicycle manufacturers, small businesses and cyclists.

EU, United States sign agreement on imports of hormone-free beef
The European Union and the United States signed in Washington D.C. Friday an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing quota to import hormone-free beef into the EU.

EU, US agree pharmaceuticals mutual recognition
The EU and the United States have completed a Mutual Recognition Agreement, with both sides agreeing to reduce barriers and increase trade in pharmaceuticals as part of ongoing EU-U.S. trade talks.

EU reaches agreement with Mercosur on huge trade deal
The EU and the Mercosur trading bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay reached a political agreement on Friday on a comprehensive trade deal - the largest the EU has ever concluded.

Key elements of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement
The European Union and Mercosur member countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay concluded on 28 June long-standing negotiations on a landmark trade agreement.

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam
The EU and Vietnam signed in Hanoi the EU-Vietnam trade and investment protection agreements Sunday, the most ambitious free trade deal between the EU and an emerging economy to date.

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.