Tag for 'Trade'
EU launches trade negotiations with Georgia and Moldova EU News 419/2011 IP/11/1504 Brussels, 05 December 2011 The EU decided to launch negotiations on a deep and comprehensive free trade area with Georgia and Moldova in order to boost economic growth and investment with the Eastern European partners. The negotiations will tackle a broad range of trade and economic issues so as to achieve a closer economic integration with the EU. "We want to establish a stable and solid framework for closer economic ties with Georgia and Moldova" said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. "A deep and comprehensive free trade area will help Georgia and Moldova to become more competitive […]
€ 30.1 million EU support for the promotion of agricultural products in third countries EU News 412/2011 IP/11/1491 Brussels, 30 November 2011 The European Commission has approved 20 programmes to promote agricultural products in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, running for a period of three years, is € 60.2 million of which the EU contributes € 30.1 million (50%). The selected programmes cover fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products, PDOs (Protected Designations of Origin), PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications) and TSGs (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed), organic food and farming, olive oil, wine and spirits, cereals and rice, horticulture and meat. Within the information and promotion […]
2012 Calendar for the EU Gateway Programme EU News 405/2011 EU Gateway Press Release 24 November 2011 The Delegation of the European Union to Japan Announces the 2012 Calendar for the EU Gateway Programme The Delegation of the European Union to Japan (Minato-ku, Tokyo) today announced the calendar of the EU Gateway Programme for year 2012, organised under the broader European Union strategy to develop trade and investment with Japan. After successfully completing the third year of the five-year programme in 2011, more than 500 EU companies have successfully participated in business trade missions where they had the opportunity to meet with some 6,500 Japanese potential business partners. In […]
EU welcomes conclusion of negotiations on Russia's WTO accession EU News 375/2011 IP/11/1334 Brussels, 10 November 2011 The EU has today welcomed the conclusion of negotiations for Russia's accession to the WTO. Today's unanimous approval by the Members of the Working Party on Russia's WTO accession brings an end to this 18 year long process and paves the way to formalising the results of these negotiations by the entire Membership of the WTO. The EU now looks forward to a unanimous political endorsement of Russia's WTO accession at the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference on 15-17 December this year. European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, welcomed the news saying, "I […]
EU begins modernization review of Trade Defence Instruments EU News 365/2011 28 October 2011 IP/11/1298 Brussels Brussels, 28 October 2011 - The European Commission today announced that it would launch a review of how it supports European companies in the face of unfair competition from across the globe. The EU uses its so-called 'Trade Defence Instruments' to counter the dumping of under-priced products on its markets, re-establish a level playing field for its businesses in the face of unfair subsidies and ensure healthy competition through safeguards, in the event of sudden shifts in trade flows. The last revision of these mechanisms was in 1995 and the European Commission believes there […]
EU and Russia agree terms for Moscow's eventual WTO accession EU News 350/2011 IP/11/1231 Brussels, 21 October 2011 - The EU’s Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today announced that the last remaining bilateral issues for the EU in Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation have been resolved. "We have struck a deal on the final outstanding bilateral issues, leaving the way open for Russia to join the WTO by the end of this year. This understanding will help to protect EU jobs in the car and car components' industry from moving to Russia", Commissioner De Gucht stated today. "There is now very little time left to reach a bilateral […]
EU report highlights concerns over rise in protectionism across G20 EU News 344/2011 2011/10/19 IP/11/1208 Brussels, 19 October 2011 - In a monitoring report issued today the European Commission finds a lack of progress in the reduction of trade barriers within the group of G20 countries. It concludes that G20 members have to do more to stick to their initial commitment to refrain from introducing new barriers to trade since the break-out of the crisis. The report counts no less than 424 restrictive measures to open trade since the start of the Commission's monitoring in October 2008. In the past 12 months alone, 131 new restrictions have been introduced while […]
EU Trade chief welcomes progress from first Europe-South Korea Trade Committee EU News 335/2011 Seoul/ South Korea 12 October 2011 EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today welcomed the positive steps agreed between the European Union and South Korea to tackle outstanding issues after the recent implementation of their groundbreaking free trade deal. In the first meeting of the EU-South Korea Trade Committee, co-chaired between South Korea’s Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon and the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, both sides took stock of the success of the deal for business after the first one hundred days. Furthermore, the co-chairs agreed to intensify efforts to do away with any remaining […]
3rd EU-Japan Workshop on Railway Technical Standards EU News 329/2011 12 October 2011 The 3rd EU-Japan Workshop on "Railway Technical Standards" was held from 5 to 7 October, 2011, in Tokyo at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Representatives from the European Commission, the European Railway Agency and EU industries had travelled from Europe for very comprehensive and in-depth exchanges with their Japanese counterparts. Technical visit to Tokyo Metro Photos Courtesy of MLIT Updated 2011.10.20
2011.10.04-05 EP's trade committee representatives visit Japan European Parliament Committee on International Trade visit to Japan (3 - 5 October 2011) Photos by T. Hanai, (C)EU, 2011. MLIT, MOFA Click for larger images 1 Meeting with Mr. Takeshi Maeda, Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport Photo Courtesy MLIT 2 Meeting with Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Photo Courtesy MOFA 3 Meeting with Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs Photo Courtesy MOFA 4Meeting with Mr. Tsukasa Iwamoto, Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 5 6 Lunch meeting with Japanese Diet members 7 8 Mr.Vital Madeira, Chairman, Committee on International Trade, European Parliament 9 Yukio Hatoyama, […]
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