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EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods. These negotiations follow the Joint Statement agreed by President Juncker and President Trump last July.  As part of its commitment to transparency, the European Commission […]

Brexit: EU officials ask the UK to clarify its position

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In the debate following the UK House of Commons’ meaningful vote, MEPs underlined that Europeans will remain united and that citizens’ rights are still the EP’s priority. Following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration in the UK’s House of Commons yesterday evening, it is now up to the UK government and […]

EU tax policy and Competition; EU-US trade relations and update on Brexit

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy EU tax policy The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. This unanimity often cannot be achieved on crucial tax initiatives, and can […]

Speeches by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of the debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Strasbourg, 16 January 2019 By Frans Timmermans & Michel Barnier First Vice-President Frans Timmermans Thank you very much, Mr President. The vote last night in the House of Commons was crystal clear. The Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected. And now we will have to look for a way forward. The Commission regrets the rejection of the Withdrawal […]

Coming up in 2019: European elections, EU budget, Brexit

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Elections, future of Europe, Brexit… the New Year starts with a busy agenda for the European Parliament. European elections  The next European elections – and the first after Brexit – will take place on 23-26 May. People in the EU will elect 705 MEPsto form the new European Parliament, which will then elect a new  president of the […]

EU Trade Commissioner Visits Washington DC. Read her Speech About the Current International Trade Landscape.

Friday, January 11th, 2019

This week (January 7th-13th), EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. about the current international trade landscape. In her speech, Malmström pointed out the importance of reforming the WTO, in order to maintain the effectiveness of the system. “International trade without the WTO would be anarchic. Countries would be […]

Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the United States, Japan, and the European Union

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Mr Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Ms Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, met in New York on 25 September 2018. Statement on Concerns with Non-Market-Oriented Policies and Practices of Third Countries The Ministers reiterated their concern with and confirmed their shared […]

European Capital Markets Union: Common EU rules on securitisation are applying since 1 January

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

New rules to revive the EU’s securitisation market will lead to more investment opportunities and increased lending to households and businesses. The new harmonised securitisation rules, which will apply as of 1 January, are an important building block of the Capital Markets Union. They will help provide additional funding sources for companies, strengthen banks’ ability to […]

The Euro, Europe’s common currency, celebrates its 20th birthday

Monday, January 7th, 2019

The euro, Europe’s common currency, turned 20 on 1 January 2019. Exactly 20 years ago, on 1 January 1999, 11 EU countries launched a common currency, the euro, and introduced a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank. The historic moment was a milestone on a journey driven by the ambition of ensuring stability […]

EU statement at the Trade Policy Review of the United States

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Geneva, 17/12/2018 – 13:27, UNIQUE ID: 181217_10 | Statements on behalf of the EU Chair, At the last Trade Policy Review of the United States two years ago, a month before President Trump was sworn into office, I ended the EU statement with the hope that the protectionist rhetoric would end once the President-elect had […]