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EU27 endorse Brexit transition period, to food industry’s delight

Leaders of the EU27 agreed, as expected, on Friday (March 23rd) to allow the UK to stay in the bloc for 21 months after the Brexit deadline of March 2019 to allow businesses to adapt to the new political landscape. The country’s food industry said it was “great news” for their European workers and families who could now face the future with greater certainty.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Trade MEPs approve agri-food trade liberalisation with Norway

The members of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee have backed the conclusion of an EU trade agreement with Norway that would introduce mutual duty-free access for 36 agri-food products and tariff rate quotas for others.

Trade Agreements Norway

Food industry, farmers concerned over transition period and EFSA, ahead of Brexit negotiations

Europe’s food industry and farming organisations stressed the need for tariff-free trade in all goods sectors post Brexit and close ties between the UK and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as the European Council prepare to meet this week for further talks on the UK’s departure.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Do Trump’s metal tariffs signal the end for the WTO? Or have we been here before?

Commentators have been proclaiming the World Trade Organisation’s multilateral trading system as either dead or on its deathbed since before the WTO even came into existence. So why does the Trump administration’s decision to implement import tariffs on steel and aluminium have the trade hornets so agitated again?

Trade Disputes WTO

EU poultry prices boosted as Brazilian plants blocked

EU poultry prices have been pushed higher as the market absorbs news of another scandal in Brazil – one of the bloc’s biggest chicken suppliers.

European Food Law Markets

EU and UK agree to end Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020

The EU and UK have reached a conditional agreement on a transition period after Brexit that will allow the latter to negotiate and sign new trade agreements, while effectively extending its participation within the single market and customs union by a further 21 months.

Brexit European Agricultural Policy

Parliament urges US to drop anti-dumping duties on Spanish olives

The European Parliament appealed to the US to withdraw their antidumping duties on Spanish olives and called for a “mutually constructive approach” on both sides of the Atlantic.

EU United States

Complex rules on food origin "could hike produce costs" after Brexit

The UK will still need to comply with complex rules on food origin when entering a UK-EU free trade agreement (FTA), meaning some foods won’t be deemed sufficiently “British” to win preferential tariffs, a new report claims.

European Food Law Food Policy

Spanish "La Mafia" restaurant branding banned after Italy complains

A Spanish restaurant company has lost a battle to continue using the name “La Mafia” because it trivialises the activities of a criminal organisation and offends its’s victims, the General Court of the European Court of Justice has ruled.

European Food Law Trade Disputes
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