In this latest Brussels Briefing on Trade, Joanna Sopinska – Trade Editor for EU Trade Insights, provides an overview of the EU’s most pressing trade issues in the first half of May 2016.
- On May 3, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, will arrive in Brussels to hold meetings with Belgian authorities and the EU leaders on the preparation of the G7 Summit (May 26-27, Japan). It will be also an opportunity for the EU and Japanese leaders to address the most contentious issues in the EU-Japan FTA talks.
- On May 4, the EPP Group, joined by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, will hold a public hearing on the ongoing multilateral negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement.
- On May 13, Trade Ministers of the EU member states will gather in Brussels to discuss some of the most pressing EU trade issues:
- The WTO post-Nairobi developments;
- The next steps in the TTIP talks and ways to move to the endgame by the end of 2016;
- The steel crisis and pending reform of the EU’s TDIs in the context China’s request for MES;
- Final steps towards CETA’s ratification in October;
- Progress in trialogue talks on conflict minerals.
- On May 13, EU and Mercosur are expected to exchange revised market access offers, followed by a meeting of chief negotiators in June or July.
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