Posts Tagged EU

EU and China Signs a Cooperation Plan in Agriculture and Rural Development

11 June 2012, Beijing
 
The European Union  and China signed a Cooperation Plan on Agriculture and Rural Development with aim of establishing a stronger and closer relationship, in particular in food security, rural development, food safety and climate change.
 
More here.
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More Trade News in Brief – Week 24 (4–10 June 2012)

* EU Starts Free Trade Talks with Armenia
 
1 June 2012, Brussels
 
The European Union (EU) and Armenia have agreed to begin negotiations for a comprehensive Free Trade Area.
 
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* Report on G20’s Trade & Investment
 
31 May 2012
 
WTO, OECD & UNCTAD published a report showing the negative impact of protectionist and discriminatory trade measures.
The seventh WTO-OECD-UNCTAD report for the G-20 on trade and investment reveals that government-imposed trade and investment restrictions continue to be an obstacle for global growth and development.
 
Please consult the report here.
 
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* Hong Kong-Portugal DTA Comes Into Force
 
On June 3rd come into force the agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (DTA) signed between Hong Kong and Portugal.
 
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* Canada Starts Investment Talks With Benin and Burkina Faso
 
The Canadian government has launched negotiations on foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) with Benin and Burkina Faso.
 
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* India and Bahrain Sign TIEA
 
The governments of India and Bahrain have signed a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA).
 
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* Annual Asset Management Report: Facts & Figures in Europe – EFAMA
 
31 May 2012, Brussels
 
EFAMA published the Fifth Annual Review Asset Management in Europe: Facts & Figures (using data as at end 2010).
This report take a tour of european the industry looking at its overall size, general structure, asset allocation and client base.
 
Please see the Report.

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First EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

5 June 2012, Islamabad
 
On the first EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue the two sides expressed their intention on improve bilateral cooperation
and shared views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
 
More on the EU’s Press Release.

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EU to Overhaul E-trust Law

4 June 2012, Brussels
 
The European Union (EU) proposed several e-signatures and e-identity rules and required independent supervisory bodies to evaluate e-trust, or verification technology, for e-signature and website authentication providers. The changes will make it possible that the electronic signatures from different EU member states to be read, recognised and accepted.
 
Kindly find more on the below links:
–          Digital Agenda: new Regulation to enable cross-border electronic signatures and to get more value out of electronic identification in Digital Single Market
–          Electronic identification, signatures and trust services: Questions & Answers

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EU-Russia Summit

3-4 June2012, St Petersburg
 
On the EU-Russia Summit there have been discussed such subjects and issues as:
–          Perspectives for EU-Russia relations (a growing economic relationship, citizens’ mobility, financial cooperation)
–          The EU-Russia new agreement
–          Regional and international issues, including developments in Syria, the Middle East and Iran
 
For further information see IP/12/554 and MEMO/12/401.

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EU Adopts a Tripartite FTA with Colombia and Peru

4 June 2012, Brussels
 
The Council of the European Union adopted a decision approving the signing of a tripartite free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia and Peru.

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EU-Russia Agreements

30 May 2012
 
The European Union (EU) endorsed four agreements with Russia that give the EU exclusive trading benefits in four sectors — Russian wood exports, trade in car parts, duties on raw materials and the services market.
 
More here.

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EU-Vietnam Negations on FTA

31 May 2012, Brussels
 
After Malaysia and Singapore,  Vietnam is the third ASEAN’s country with which EU will negotiate a free trade agreement.
 
More here.

 

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The European Union and the BRIC Countries Statistics

31 May 2012
 
The four BRIC Countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and  Eurostat (the statistical office of the EU) releases the publication “The European Union and the BRIC Countries”.
 
The publication contains data on demography, economy, health, education, labour market, trade in goods, agriculture, energy and environment, transport and communication as well as science and technology.
 
For further information please refer to EU’s website.
 

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ECB Publishes the Convergence Report 2012

30 May 2012
 
The European Central Bank (ECB) published its Convergence Report 2012 which include the progress made by eight Member States of the European Union (EU) in fulfilling their obligations regarding the achievement of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
 
The Convergence Report 2012 shows results in the fields of: Price stability, Government budgetary position, Exchange rate, Long-term interest rate, and Legal convergence.
 
The Convergence Report 2012 is available on the ECB’s website.

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