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Brussels Briefing on Trade – All you need to know for 15-30 September 2016

September 15, 2016 - Foreign Affairs & Trade

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 second half of September 2016.

  • On 15 September EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is meeting the US Trade Representative Michael Froman in Brussels to prepare for the next TTIP negotiation round that will take place in October.
  • The 27 EU leaders of the European Council, without the UK, will meet in Bratislava on 16 September. The topics of discussion during this informal meeting include the  consequences of Brexit and ways to deal with globalization.
  • On 17 September in Germany, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) together with the alliance “For a fair world trade” will stage demonstrations against TTIP and CETA in major German cities. CETA will also be discussed at the Social Democratic Party’s annual convention on 19 September.
  • The next negotiating round on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) will start in Geneva on 19 September.
  • The next round of talks on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) will also take place on 19 September in Geneva.
  • On 20 September, CETA will be discussed in the Belgian parliament together with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Belgian anti-CETA civil movement and trade unions will stage a demonstration on the same day in Brussels.
  • Also on 20 September, the EU and Indonesia will start the negotiations for a free trade agreement in Brussels. The so-called round ‘zero’ allows both teams to set up the framework and modalities for the negotiations.
  • On 22 September, the Commission and the Slovak Presidency are expected to hold a conference, “Making trade work for you”, together with Commissioner Malmström and the Canadian Trade Minister Freeland to discuss CETA further.
  • On the following day, 22 September, the Slovak Presidency will host an informal Trade Council in Bratislava to discuss the most heated trade acronyms: TTIP, CETA and MES.
  • The EU-Japan free trade agreement talks will continue on 26 September in Brussels. Despite numerous differences, the two parties are willing to conclude the talks by the end of this year.


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