Trade

  • Trade for all… but are all for trade?

    With its new strategy Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to address the new challenges EU trade policy is facing. The strategy reflects changes in global trading patterns but also the growing interest and scepticism among the general public in global trade. One of the overarching objectives of the strategy is to ensure that trade benefits…

  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: time for business to take a leadership role

    Over the past few months, the debate about the passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has rapidly intensified. Originally conceived as a free trade deal designed to remove artificial barriers between the economies of the European Union and the United States, the debate on the policy has been plagued by misinformation and…

  • It’s high time to modernise digital trade rules

    The digitalization of trade is transforming what we understand as “traditional trade” today. Besides a constant flow of goods, services, capital and people, a seamless cross-border flow of data is becoming absolutely necessary for competitive production, underpinning whole value chains across all sectors of our economy. This economic transformation is as significant to our age…

  • The TTIP vote – high noon in the European Parliament

    Rumour has it that MEPs are complaining of boredom due to a lack of dossiers on their desks – this is certainly not the case for Bernd Lange, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee and Rapporteur for its TTIP report. The German MEP’s office faced an impressive challenge in recent weeks as they…

  • Anti-US Sentiments – A concern for business?

                  The Snowden revelations, domination of the internet by US companies and the ongoing critical debate about TTIP impact public opinion of US business in the EU. While the US is by far Europe’s most important partner in political as well as economic terms, US companies are increasingly concerned…

  • The Modi-Juncker Era – New Opportunities in EU-India Trade

    The recent breakthrough in the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations shows that India is opening up towards free trade.  While the EU-India Free Trade Agreement is unlikely to conclude within the year, there are other opportunities from which business can benefit, and the new political administrations in the world’s two largest democratic jurisdictions could provide the…

  • European Commission 2014-2019

    On the 1st November, the 2014-2019 European Commission took office. The new structure, that has been shaped by President Jean-Claude Juncker, consists of seven Vice-Presidents who will steer and coordinate the work of twenty Commissioners. The below overview demonstrates the distribution of responsibilities among the Vice-Presidents and the Commissioners as well as the Heads of…

  • Smooth Operator: The Juncker Commission and its Priorities

    A period of intense speculation and Parliamentary hearings with candidate Commissioners is officially over. On 22 October the European Parliament approved the Juncker Commission with 423 votes for to 209 against and 67 abstentions. Contrary to many predictions, the new Commission can start its work as foreseen on 1 November, pretty much with the original line up of candidates. 

  • Can Europe ‘copy paste’ an energy union?

    Bringing together expertise in energy and financial services, Ivana Jemelkova and Hans Hack from the FTI Consulting Brussels office draw parallels between the two sectors in an op-ed published by Euractiv.com.

  • All aboard the Delhi express

    Pablo Lopez-Alvarez on the prospects for the stalled EU-India trade talks

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