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Commission welcomes UK government paper on future customs arrangement - but warns on outstanding issues

Although the European Commission sees the publication of a position papers from the UK government as a “positive step” towards starting phase one of the Brexit negotiations, it will only address the country’s requests once sufficient progress has been made on the terms of an “orderly withdrawal” from the bloc, the EU executive told IEG Policy
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Concern from farmers' groups over Irish border trade plan

UK government position papers on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit has raised concerns among farmers on both sides. 

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EU-Mercosur deal to contain SPS information sharing ‘channel’

The EU-Mercosur trade deal, if agreed, will contain specific provisions to improve information and notification exchanges on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues via a specific channel.

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Export bans impact highly dependent countries in a lasting way - OECD study

Export bans tend to have a negative impact on prices in countries which are highly dependent on imports of the restricted commodity and can result in a long-term reduction in demand, from traditional importers, a new research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found. 
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Commission working on second list of GIs for protection on Chinese market

The European Commission is working on a second list of Geographical Indications (GIs) that it hopes to gain protection for on the Chinese market, it has emerged.
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Commission applies new import tariff on maize, rye and sorghum

The European Commission has introduced a fresh import tariff kicking off on August 8 on maize, rye and sorghum following record harvests for 2016/2017, which drove down global prices for the commodities and prompted the Commission to set the tariff. 
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EU offer on beef, ethanol coming in October Mercosur talks

The EU offer on its most sensitive agricultural sectors in a potential trade agreement with Mercosur – beef and ethanol –will be put on the table in October.

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Export bans impact highly dependent countries in a lasting way - OECD study

Export bans tend to have a negative impact on prices in countries which are highly dependent on imports of the restricted commodity and can result in a long-term reduction in demand, from traditional importers, a new research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found. 
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The EU is 'ready to respond' to US sanctions on Russia, says Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said that the EU is ready to respond to US sanctions on Russia if they inadvertently affect EU economic interests.
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US plays hardball on Indian poultry import rules

A US request for retaliation against India in a poultry trade dispute has been referred to arbitration at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) despite several other countries suggesting this would be overly hasty.

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WTO ‘mediation process’ still unused after plant trade dispute resolved

Nigeria and Mexico have reached a bilateral agreement to end a row on trade in hibiscus flowers, meaning a WTO ‘mediation process’ created to resolve sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) is still yet to be used.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

WTO COOL arbitration hearing approaches

A World Trade Organsation (WTO) arbitration hearing will take place on September 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland, over the multiyear trade dispute between the United States and countries opposed to its country of origin labelling (COOL) policy.

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Mexico admits US sugar agreement not ideal, but better than dispute

A deal reached with the US in December to limit Mexican sugar exports is not ideal, but preferable to entering into a bitter trade dispute, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo said this week.

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EU-Japan deal on GIs a ‘remarkable outcome’, says Commissioner

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has hailed Japan’s readiness to protect key EU geographical indications (GIs) in a future free trade agreement (FTA) but says it may not be easy to match these terms in future deals with other countries.

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Slovenia to bring wine labelling dispute to ECJ, after Commission shoots down claims

The European Commission has rejected Slovenia's claim that its plans to amend the EU regulation on wine labelling to resolve a dispute between Croatia and the Ljubljana runs contrary to EU law, prompting the country to bring the case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
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MEPs wave through Commission plans on wine labelling rules dispute

MEPs will not oppose European Commission plans to amend the EU regulation on wine labelling to resolve a dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, it has emerged, meaning that they will go into effect should member states also choose not to object.
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