Trade

  • Europe: Foreign Direct Investment under Scrutiny

    Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

  • EU TRADE: WHERE TO NOW?

    Last October, the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. This occurred just days before Donald Trump won the US presidential election with a campaign frequently attacking US trade deals as hurtful to the US. Many trade advocates in Brussels and across the EU have breathed a sigh of relief that…

  • It’s the end of trade policy as we know it

    By John Clancy, Senior Advisor and former EU Trade spokesperson (2010-2014) There were sighs of relief among EU officials Sunday as the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA was finally signed by visiting Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and his EU counterparts. Enormous credit should go to the EU’s chief negotiator Mauro Petriccione who has tirelessly…

  • BREXIT: All You Need Is Trade – Views from institutional investors

    As the world awaits the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s next move on activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, we assess the UK’s trading relationships and how they might be impacted by Brexit. • What kind of deal could the UK seek with the European Union? • What will the remaining EU27 be prepared to give? •…

  • Brexit and Trade

    The summer break is coming to an end and it’s back to school for bureaucrats and politicians in both Brussels and Westminster alike. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called a cabinet meeting for Wednesday on Brexit with ministers expected to bring their Brexit homework with them ready for reviewing. FTI Consulting takes this opportunity…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • Market Economy Status for China: Where are we heading?

    When China became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the WTO Accession Protocol established a transitional period up to December 2016 with regard to granting ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China. The absence of the MES gives China’s trading partners more flexibility in imposing anti-dumping duties on imports from China. Consequently,…

  • Strasbourg Diary #4: part 2 – Besides Brexit…

    …there were other items on the Strasbourg agenda too! Here are a few quick summaries on the other key discussions that took place in Strasbourg. Anti-Tax Avoidance Package Tuesday: The European Parliament held a lively debate on the long awaited Anti-Tax Avoidance Package (ATAP) that the European Commission presented last week. The package, the Commission’s…

  • The (un)certain future of transatlantic data flows

    The EU-US economic relationship is the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world, with trade flows valued at over $1 trillion per year. Personal data transfers constitute an essential element of the transatlantic relationship. The legal invalidation of the so-called Safe Harbour arrangement, which provided a framework for transatlantic data transfers, caused major turmoil in…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

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