In this latest Brussels Briefing on Trade, Joanna Sopinska – Trade reporter for EU Trade Insights, provides an overview of the EU’s most pressing trade issues in the fist half of February.
- On February 1st, during the EP Plenary, MEPs will discuss a draft report by Viviane Reding on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The same day TiSA negotiators will meet in Geneva for a 16th round of talks.
- Also on February 1st, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will provide her reply to the INTA Committee’s question on China’s request for Market Economy Status.
- On the same day, the Dutch Presidency will provide the INTA Committee with its plan to break the deadlock over signing the Mauritius Convention on the transparency rules in ISDS proceedings.
- On the 2nd of February, the Dutch Presidency will convene an informal Trade Council in Amsterdam, NL. Ministers will focus on three main issues:
- A post-Nairobi dialogue on the future format of the WTO negotiations and a progress in the ongoing negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement and the TiSA.
- A way forward in the TTIP negotiations in view of the next negotiating round scheduled for 22nd of February in Brussels.
- China’s request for market economy status (MES). Over the lunch, development ministers will join their trade counterparts to discuss how to integrate EU trade and development policies better to promote sustainability.
This EU Trade briefing was first published on EU Trade Insights, more information here.