Counting spillovers from the fast track EU-US free trade agreement

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received John Kerry, US Secretary of State. (EC Audiovisual Services).

In a day when the US economy got good marks from the IMF for growth and the appropriate monetary easing by the Fed, last Friday 14 June the Foreign Affairs (trade) Council of the European Union also gave the green light to the European Commission to enter into formal bilateral trade negotiations with the United […]

EU car manufacturers worry about an FTA with Japan

Press conference by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, on the adoption of “CARS 2020: Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe”. (EC Audiovisual Services).

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), had expressed reserves over the EU Council and Commission initiative to start negotiations with Japan in order the two sides to conclude a far reaching Free Trade Agreement (FTA). ACEA was founded in 1991 and represents authentically the interests of the fifteen major European car, truck and bus manufacturers […]

EU threatens Japan to suspend FTA negotiations if…

Kojiro Shiojiri, Head of the Mission of Japan to the EU, Yoshio Nakamura, Director General of the Keidanren, Nobuo Katsumata, Vice-Chairman of the Keidanren, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC,  Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman of the Keidanren, and Katsuaki Watanabe, Vice-Chairman of the Keidanren (from left to right). Keidanren is the powerful Japanese Business Federation. (EC Audiovisual library).

The two Presidents of the EU, José Manuel Barroso of the Commission and Herman Van Rompuy of the Council couldn’t fly yesterday to Tokyo for the EU-Japan Summit, due to the ongoing developments around the Cyprus issue. This was not enough however to impede the beginning of negotiations for the conclusion of a Free Trade […]

Is South Korea set to lose from its FTA with the EU?

Kim Jong-Hoon, Member of the South Korean National Assembly, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Kim Chang-beom, Head of the Mission of South Korea to the EU (in the foreground, from left to right), participated in the public lecture to commemorate 50 years of EU/South Korea diplomatic relations. (EC Audiovisual Services).

The recent announcement (issued at the highest level by three presidents; Barack Obama, Herman Van Rompuy, Manuel Barroso), that the European Union and the United States were ready to start negotiations, aiming at the conclusion of a far-reaching Free Trade Agreement (FTA), sounded the alarm to other EU’s major trading partners and more so in […]

EU Commission closer to imposing anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports?

Visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to the Joint Research Centre in Ispra (EC Audiovisual Services).

According to well-informed Brussels sources, the European Commission secured last week a non-binding authorisation by the EU member states, to impose anti-dumping measures on imports of solar panels and components originating from China. The same sources say, however, that the Commission denied that this will lead to an immediate imposition of such measures and characterised […]

An FTA between EU-US to hurt South Korea

José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC on the right, and Kim Jong-Hoon, Member of the South Korean National Assembly, participated in the public lecture to commemorate 50 years of EU/South Korea diplomatic relations, (21/02/2013). EC Audiovisual Services).

Ten days ago, Brussels and Washington issued a joint statement signed by three Presidents, namely the US leader Barack Obama, the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. With it, the EU and the US announced their decision to conclude a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by the end […]

EU Parliament raises burning issues over the FTA with the US

Seminar on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) State of play following the vote of the European Parliament International Trade Committee. (EP photographic library).

Yesterday, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee discussed for the first time, the much advertised joint announcement by the EU and the US, to start negotiations for the conclusion of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement. As the European Sting predicted the FTA negotiators would be confronted with two very old and very thorny issues. According […]

EU presses India for a free trade agreement

Council President Herman Van Rompuy (left) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (center) in presence of  European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. From the 12th annual summit between the EU and India, held in New Delhi on 10th February 2012. (Council of the European Union photographic library).

India is the most populous democracy of the world and over the past thirty years had to overcome a universe of political and economic problems. For decades the country followed an inward looking politico-economic strategy, keeping its trade and investment borders almost shut to the rest of the world. Its vast size permitted that up […]