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EU Council approves Brexit guidelines to start discussing future relationship

The European Council has agreed to move to phase two of the Brexit process and has committed to produce guidelines on the EU-UK future relationship in March next year. 

European Agricultural Policy EU

EU leaders disappointed at lack of outcomes from WTO Ministerial Conference

The European Commission has expressed its disappointment at the lack of concrete outcomes from the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires - including on key agricultural issues – with EU Trade Commissioner Malmström blaming the lack of responsibility shown by member states and the flaws in the organisation’s negotiating procedures.

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EU agri-policy diary (Dec 18 – Dec 22): 2017 EU agricultural outlook conference, ENVI MEPs visit EFSA

Next week will be light on the agenda as everyone prepares for the Christmas break.
EU European Agricultural Policy

No cloned food for EU under Australia and New Zealand FTAs, says Malmström

Europe will not be forced to accept milk and meat from cloned animals under future free trade agreements (FTAs) it is negotiating with Australia and New Zealand, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström confirmed in response to a written question from a French MEP.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Trade talks with Mercosur postponed to 2018, EU assessing latest proposals

Negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur will be adjourned to next year, after the Europeans requested more time to examine the changes proposed by their counterparts.
EU Mercosur

WTO Ministerial update: Little progress seen on final day

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina entered its fourth and final day with no new agreements reached, even on less contentious parts of the conference's agenda.
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Trade Disputes

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EU leaders disappointed at lack of outcomes from WTO Ministerial Conference

The European Commission has expressed its disappointment at the lack of concrete outcomes from the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires - including on key agricultural issues – with EU Trade Commissioner Malmström blaming the lack of responsibility shown by member states and the flaws in the organisation’s negotiating procedures.

European Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Trade talks with Mercosur postponed to 2018, EU assessing latest proposals

Negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur will be adjourned to next year, after the Europeans requested more time to examine the changes proposed by their counterparts.
EU Mercosur

WTO Ministerial update: Little progress seen on final day

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina entered its fourth and final day with no new agreements reached, even on less contentious parts of the conference's agenda.
US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Food industry makes official complaint against Italy over country-of-origin labelling

The food industry association, FoodDrinkEurope, has made an official complaint to the European Commission over Italy’s enactment of laws on origin labelling. The association alleges that Italy's national laws are against EU law and wants them repealed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU, US, Japan attack “severe excess capacity” in international trade but refrain from naming China

The main trade representatives for the EU, the US and Japan delivered a joint statement committing to enhance trilateral cooperation and to re-establish a “global level playing field” in international trade.

European Agricultural Policy EU

WTO Ministerial update: No conclusions as final day nears

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina continued to see sharp fault lines among members during its third day. A joint proposal from the US, European Union (EU) and Japan on factory output, and public stockholding of food drew particular attention. But the overall tone of the talks remains more than subdued.

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Geographical Indications

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Parliament formally approves Omnibus package, Council is set to follow

The European Parliament has adopted the agricultural aspects of the Omnibus regulation, which will introduce new rules aimed at simplifying the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy from January 2018 onwards, as the Council is expected to greenlight the proposals at its meeting this evening.

European Agricultural Policy EU

EU set to liberalise farm imports from Mercosur under new offer

The European Union is poised to offer Mercosur a deal which will offer completely free trade on 83% of agri-food imports from the South American bloc within 10 years.

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EU concludes "biggest free trade agreement ever" with Japan

The EU has concluded its Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan today, which is expected to significantly improve market access for EU agri-food exports such as cheese, wine and meat, while offering protection to more than 200 EU Geographical Indications.

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