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Brussels Briefing on Trade – All you need to know for 3-15 May 2016

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 13EU and Mercosur are expected to exchange revised market access offers, followed by a meeting of chief negotiators in June or July.

This EU Trade briefing was first published on EU Trade Insights, more information and free trials here.

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