EU Commerce & Trade Policy

Serbia’s EU Accession Talks Delayed Until January 2014

Serbia’s EU Accession Talks Delayed Until January 2014

While Croatia is set to enter the European Union at the beginning of next week, foreign and EU affairs ministers who met yesterday in Brussels have decided to delay talks with Serbia. The Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) which is to signal the start of negotiations with Serbia has been delayed from December 2013 to January 2014. […]

Youth Unemployment in the European Union

Youth Unemployment in the European Union

Unemployment amongst youths (those aged 25 and under) in the EU-27 has grown from 15 percent in 2008 (its lowest point in the past decade) to 23.5 percent as of April 2013. In total, 15 million Europeans below the age of 30 are neither employed nor are they taking part in any form of training […]

FTA Negotiations with India Snag Over Procurements and Automobile Duties

FTA Negotiations with India Snag Over Procurements and Automobile Duties

The European Union and India are in the final stages of their negotiations concerning a free trade agreement which began six years ago, in 2007. While certainly on its way to becoming more tightly integrated into the global economy, India still has a number of restrictions and economic barriers in place which make it difficult […]

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on First Trip to Zambia

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on First Trip to Zambia

EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will take his first trip to Zambia between the 18th and the 20th of June.

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France, the EU’s second largest economy, has threatened to veto any trade agreement with the United States which does not honour the so-called ‘cultural exception’. The cultural exception is a concept which was originally introduced by France in 1993 during negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). It  seeks to protect culture […]

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canada Unlikely to Sign Trade Deal with the EU This Week

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Europe tomorrow, June 11th, for an eight-day trip to France, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Canada and the EU have been negotiating a free trade deal since 2009, but talks have intensified considerably ahead of Mr Harpers trip. Trade negotiators from Canada have been in Brussels for over […]

Mozambique to Receive €93 Million in Infrastructure Financing from the EU

Mozambique to Receive €93 Million in Infrastructure Financing from the EU

The European Commission has announced that it will fund three projects in Mozambique designed to improve local infrastructure. According to the press release issued by the Commission on  June 6th, one project will provide access to clean drinking water for 50,000 people, another will improve the roads which link Malawi to Mozambique’s ports and the […]

EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers Begins June 6th

EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers Begins June 6th

The EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers is set to begin in Brussels today, June 6th, and will last until tomorrow. It takes place in the wake ACP Council of Ministers, which was held from the 4th to the 5th of June. Officials from the 79 ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) states will meet with ministers from […]