New international Protocol signed by the EU to stop illicit trading of tobacco products

The European Commission announced that on behalf of the EU and its member states it signed the Protocol on the Elimination of the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. It was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with the EU acting as one of the Parties. The Protocol contains provisions on the control of the supply of tobacco products, and is an important part of a comprehensive tobacco control policy.

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New rules for vehicles agreed between the European Commission and its international partners

The Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) for commercial vehicles will be harmonised at international level following the agreement reached between the European Commission and its international partners.

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New one-stop-shop for market access information to help EU businesses internationalize in China

The Europe-China Standardization Information Platform (CESIP) was launched as a one-stop-shop for market access information to help businesses internationalize and ultimately strengthen SME trade between Europe and China.

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Preserving interests of vulnerable EU banana producers is a priority for MEPs

The International Trade Committee in the European Parliament approved two safeguard measures to preserve the interests of vulnerable EU banana producers in forthcoming EU trade deals with Central America and Peru and Columbia. In particular, the two measures seek to establish a general safety-net for all EU producers to help them adapt to liberalisation of trade.

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The EU initiated more anti-dumping cases in 2011 and imposed a greater number of definitive measures

The report presented by the Commission to the European Parliament regarding the activities of the European Union on anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures during 2011 shows that these activities were increased on all fronts during that period. During 2011 the European Commission also initiated a process of review of the Trade Defence Instruments currently in force, and paid special attention to SMEs' conditions to use those instruments.

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MEPs called for talks on a possible trade deal with the US to start in 2013

The European Parliament approved a resolution in which points out the huge potential for growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic but caution that the EU's interests must be protected, especially in the farm sector. The Parliament calls in the non-binding resolution for negotiations to begin in the first half of 2013.

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New branches from the Enterprise Europe Network in India, Canada and China

India is the latest country set to join the Enterprise Europe Network, with three new centres to start operating in New Delhi. The Network also announced that an office will also shortly open in Canada, while four new branches in Shanghai and Nanjing have brought China's total to 27.

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More than 2600 entrepreneurs benefited and 1300 exchanges made thanks to Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The ceremony for the award of the the Erasmus Entrepreneurship Awards 2012 has been the perfect occasion to mark an important milestone of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme. The prize, which is one of the actions put in place by this programmes is a key initiative in promoting exchange of knowledge between entrepreneurs and in supporting SMEs.

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European Parliament Committee on International Trade supports a Free Trade Agreement with Japan as long as EU's strategic …

The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament (INTA) has given its green light to the opening of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Japan. However, MEPs stressed that these negotiations will be subject to the removal of Japan's existing barriers to trade in some crucial sectors for the European industry.

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The Commission proposes open negotiations with key partners to boost the EU's aviation industry

The European Commission presented am ambitious package of proposals to boost the international competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry, which include opening negotiations with key partners to access new business opportunities in the fast growing markets, developing new tools to fight unfair competition and creating the right regulatory conditions to stimulate investment.

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The EU shows that fails to meet its obligations in the WTO Boeing case

The European Commission decided to challenge the United States non-compliance at the WTO, following the review of US efforts to comply with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling on illegal subsidies in the so-called "Boeing case". The European Union shows that the US has not lived up to its obligations.

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Agreement signed to increase cooperation between the EU's competition department and China's antitrust authorities

The European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding which creates a dedicated framework to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the Commission and two of China's Anti Monopoly Enforcement Authorities, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC).

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