Archive for November, 2012

EU & Japan to Start Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

29 November 2012, Brussels
 
European Union governments authorized the start of talks with Japan on a free-trade agreement.
 
Check here for more information.
 

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New Portal on Trans-European Network (TEN-T)

28 November 2012, Brussels
 
The European Commission launched a new portal on Trans-European Network (TEN-T or TEN in the EU jargon).
 
The new portal includes satellite-based dynamic maps, facts, figures and various audio-visual and interactive elements.
 
Kindly check here.
 

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Updated EURES Jobseeker Mobility Network

26 November 2012, Brussels
 
European Commission adopted the modernization and improving of the EURES, (the pan-European jobseeker mobility network).
 
EURES is a cooperation network between the European Commission and the public employment services of the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (the EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and other partner organisations. Switzerland also takes part in EURES cooperation.
 
Kindly find more following the next links: Press release and Memo.
 

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EU in the World

 28 November 2012
 
Eurostat published a report comparing demographic, economic and social trends among the G-20 members.
 
”The EU in the world 2013 – a statistical portrait” is available on the Eurostat website following the next link.
 

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EU Approves New Rules for Credit Rating Agencies

28 November 2012
 
European Union (EU) agreed to introduce limited controls on credit ratings agencies including additional rules on sovereign debt ratings and, to prevent conflicts of interest, the limitation on cross-ownership of agencies and the entities that they rate.
 
Please read more here and here.
 

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 47 (19 – 25 November 2012)

 * The World Factbook has Been Updated
 
15 November 2012
 
All the Economy fields have been revised and/or updated.
 
Check here.
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* U.S. to Extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia and Moldova
 
16 November 2012
 
United States Trade Representative vote to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russian Federation and Moldova.
 
Kindly follow up the link.
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* Iraq Joined GECF as Observer Member
 
21 November 2012, Malabo (Republic of Equatorial Guinea)
 
The Ministers of The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) accepted the application of the Republic of Iraq as an Observer Member.
 
Read more here.
 

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Bolivia Invited to Join MERCOSUR

23 November 2012, La Paz (Bolivia)
 
Bolivia was formally invited to join Mercosur as a full member and the negotiations are expected to begin in the coming summit (6 -7 December 2012, Brazil).
 
Bolivia is an associate member of Mercosur now like Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
 
Kindly check here.

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ASEAN + 6 Free Trade Negotiations

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
 
ASEAN and its FTA’s partners expected to commence in 2013 negotiations on a new regional trade treaty, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
 
The RCEP is to be negotiated between ASEAN’s ten member countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and its current six free trade agreement (FTA) partners – Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Korea and Japan.
 
Check here and/ or here for more information.
 

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EU Presents ”Rethinking Education”

20 November 2012, Brussels/Strasbourg
 
Europe believe that it needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems: the youth unemployment rate is close to 23% BUT at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled.
 
Some of the ”Rethinking Education” issues presented in brief:
 
– A much stronger focus on developing transversal skills and basic skills, especially to entrepreneurial and IT skills.
– A new benchmark on foreign language learning.
– Investment in world-class vocational education and training systems and increase levels of work-based learning.
– Member States need to improve the recognition of qualifications and skills
– Technology, in particular the internet, must be fully exploited.
 
Please read more here.
 

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Japan, China, South Korea Ready to Start Trilateral FTA

20 November 2012, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
 
The trade ministers of Japan, China and South Korea agreed to start negotiations in early 2013 on a trilateral free trade agreement.
 
Check here for more.
 

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