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Guides on the EU Trade policy.
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-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.
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.
Updated Blocking Statute in support of Iran nuclear deal
As the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions on Iran took effect, the EU's updated Blocking Statute entered into force early on 7 August to mitigate their impact on the interests of EU companies doing legitimate business in Iran.
EU Customs Union: the world's largest trading bloc
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.
Modernising EU trade defence instruments
The European Parliament and the Council agreed 5 December 2017 on a proposal to modernise the EU's trade defence instruments (TDIs). Together with the new anti-dumping methodology, this is the first major overhaul of the EUs anti-dumping and anti-subsidy instruments since 1995.
A Multilateral Investment Court
A new system for resolving disputes between foreign investors and states in a fair and efficient way.
New measures to fight poaching and end trade in raw ivory
The European Commission has moved to end the export of old raw ivory as of 1 July, with the adoption of new guidance on the EU rules governing ivory trade.
Trade agreements boost for EU agri-food exports
Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland – were studied in detail.
EU-Mongolia Framework agreement - factsheet
The European Union is intent on supporting Mongolia in its continued political and economic reform path, as a valuable partner for the EU in Asia.
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada
The European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada on 15 February 2017, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level.
EU trade agreements
Trade in goods and services makes a significant contribution to increasing sustainable growth and creating jobs. More than 30 million jobs already depend on exports outside the EU. 90% of future global growth will happen outside Europe's borders. Hence - trade is a growth vector and a key priority for the EU.
EU trade agreements in the pipeline
The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is far from the only deal the EU is working on. Various deals are being negotiated all over the globe. Read on for an overview of negotiations in progress and a discussion of how it works.
Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products in 2015
The European Commission published new figures on 25 April showing that, in 2015, more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts. A key challenge is the increasing share of products bought online from outside the EU.
EU proposals for the steel industry: Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe
The European Commission suggests policy measures to support the European steel sector to overcome its serious challenges, largely due to global overcapacity.
Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - main elements
The European Commission and the Canadian Government announced on 29 February that the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) English text had been completed. This includes a new approach on investment protection and investment dispute settlement.
EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking
The European Commission adopted on 26 February an EU Action Plan to crack down on wildlife trafficking within the EU and strengthen the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities.
EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: free trade part operational 1 January 2016
On 1 January 2016, the European Union and Ukraine started applying the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) which forms part of the Association Agreement signed in June 2014. The rest of the Association Agreement has already been in force since November 2014.
TTIP: proposal for investment protection and Court System
The EU formally presented to the US on 12 November its proposal for a reformed approach on investment protection and a new and more transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states: the Investment Court System.
Trade for All: new EU trade and investment strategy
The European Commission presented on 14 October a new trade and investment strategy, Trade for All. It says this is a more responsible approach which responds to new economic realities in line with the EU's foreign policy. Based on three key principles - effectiveness, transparency and values - it ensures trade policy benefits as many people as possible.