Trade & TTIP Related

The European Union and the United States sign an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The European Union and the United States, represented respectively by Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Ambassador to the United States and Jani Raappana, Deputy Head of Mission, for the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, signed today in Washington D.C. an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing quota […]

U.S. Steel Importer Sues Department of Commerce for Denial of Section 232 Product Exclusion Request

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

By Thompson Hine International Trade  On July 30, 2019, JSW Steel (USA), Inc. (JSW) filed a complaint against the United States and, specifically, the Department of Commerce (Department) for denying its product exclusion requests for certain steel imports that otherwise are subject to a 25 percent tariff under President Donald Trump’s March 2018 proclamation implementing such tariffs under […]

EU’s new Director-General for Trade Update on EU-US trade

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Sabine Weyand, EU’s new Director-General for Trade, gives an update on EU-US trade and shares her insights on why the EU has been so busy striking new trade agreements in our latest EU Now podcast.  Find the podcast HERE

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Today, July 25, marks the first anniversary of the Joint Statement by President Juncker and President Trump, which launched the new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union. As a first step, the Presidents set up an Executive Working Group, co-chaired by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and her counterpart […]

World Trade Centers Association launches its 2019 Trade & Investment Report

Monday, June 17th, 2019

 The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) unveiled its second annual Trade and Investment Report (, conducted in partnership with FP Analytics. The report details the key factors that enable cities to remain resilient as dramatic shifts in trade-and-investment policies intensify economic competition. Moreover, on-the-ground insights from interviews with WTCA members around the world reveal that the damage […]

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The European Commission’s report released today confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU’s firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018. The latest edition of the Trade […]

OECD warns global economy remains weak as subdued trade drags down growth

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

May 21, 2019 Global growth slowed sharply in late 2018 and is now stabilising at a moderate level. Escalating trade conflicts and dangerous financial vulnerabilities threaten a new weakening of activity by undermining investment and confidence worldwide, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. The global economy is expected to achieve moderate but fragile growth […]

European Council calls for an ambitious approach for a competitive single market

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The Council today adopted conclusions on “A new level of ambition for a competitive single market”. These conclusions are the Council’s response to recent calls from the European Council for an integrated, forward-looking approach to the single market, which should connect all relevant policies and remove remaining unjustified barriers and avoiding creating new ones, in […]

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission today tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are […]

President Trump Delays Implementation of Section 232 Tariffs on Imports of Automobiles and Automobile Parts

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

President Donald Trump today announced that his administration would delay for six months any action on the determination of the Department of Commerce (Commerce) in the Section 232 national security investigation into imports of automobiles and automobile parts. This investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 was self-initiated by Commerce in […]