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 June 2016.
- On June 1, the European Business Summit will kick off in Brussels. This year, trade will be one of the key themes with a high-level panel on the recently concluded EU-Canada agreement, known as CETA.
- On June 1, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will chair the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Ministerial Meeting in Paris. It will focus on reviewing the revised market access offers as well as on the progress made in the TiSA negotiations with a view of bringing about their conclusion by the end of 2016.
- On June 7, during EP’s plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs will hold a consent vote on the expansion of the 1996 WTO deal on the Trade in Information Technology Products. It will now include some 201 new items, on which import duties will be immediately eliminated by 1st July 2016 or at the latest in 7 years.
- On June 9, EU Trade Commissioner Malmström is expected to fly off to Botswana to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with the Southern African Development Community, or EPA SADC. Under the agreement, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, and Swaziland will retain their current 100% duty-free access to the EU market, while South Africa will benefit from liberalisation of 98% of its exports to the EU over ten years with some restrictions remaining its agricultural exports.
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