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WTO: Progress on e-commerce

Participating in a series of ministerial discussions during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos 2019, WTO's Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reviewed the challenges and opportunities facing global trade today, and stressed that the trading system must evolve if it is to remain relevant. The meetings included the informal ministerial gathering

10 EU issues to watch in 2019

he annual publication offers up-to-date insight from policy analysts in the European Parliamentary Research Service on ten key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union (EU) in 2019. Each of the ten contributors presents the state of play on

Romanian Presidency 2019 EU Priorities

omania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During its Presidency, Romania will be representing the Council of the European Union throughout its dialogue with the other European institutions, especially with the European Commission and the European Parliament, while also working in close contact with the

Brexit: Outcome of the Article 50 TEU

On 25 November 2018, EU-27 leaders met to finalize and formalize the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. They endorsed the withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the United Kingdom (UK), and approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, accompanying the withdrawal agreement. Last minute

EU Trade with Latin America and the Caribbean

rowing geopolitical rivalry, escalating trade tensions between the United States and China (both big players in Latin America and the Caribbean – LAC) and a US trade policy shifting away from a multilateral towards a bilateral approach based on ‘America First’, have created uncertainty in this part of the world.

Who is who in the EU

EU has members in at least four major treaty groups, each of which governs a different aspect of the region’s infrastructure. On the following infographic, you may see the break down each group: The European Union - EU The EU is governed according to a supranational parliamentary system, with representatives elected by

Austrian Presidency: focus on security, prosperity and SEE integration

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will focus on security and the fight against illegal migration, securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitization, and stability in the European neighborhood. he motto of the Austrian Presidency is ‘A Europe that protects’. In order to achieve this objective, Austria’s approach will be based

Trade War: EU reacts to US steel and aluminium tariffs

he European Commission adopted the regulation putting in place the EU's rebalancing measures in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. The measures will immediately target a list of products worth €2.8 billion and came into effect on Friday 22 June 2018. The list of US imports that will

11th EU-Montenegro Accession Conference: Ch. 17 opened

he eleventh meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level was held in Luxembourg to open negotiations on Chapter 17 - Economic and monetary policy. The European Union delegation was led by Ms Ekaterina Zaharieva , Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council

Priorities for the future of the WB6 – Western Balkans Six

estern Balkan Six (WB6) comprise Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo* and Republic of Macedonia, with a total population of about 18 million and a GDP of approximately €80 billion. While the region had seen above EU average growth rates of 5.3% in the early 2000s, today these economies show

European Union: Spring 2018 Economic Forecast

Growth rates for the EU and the euro area beat expectations in 2017 to reach a 10-year high at 2.4%. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and ease only slightly in 2019, with growth of 2.3% and 2.0% respectively in both the EU and the euro area. rivate consumption

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