Myanmar/Burma is proposed by the Commission to benefit from a special trade arrangement with the EU

The European Commission adopted a proposal to bring the country back under the so-called 'Everything But Arms' preferential trade regime which would grant duty-free and quota-free access to the European market for all products except for arms and ammunitions. This decision follows the recognition by the international community, country's recent efforts to improve the political, social and labour environments there.

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The European Parliament will allow Pakistan to export more goods duty free to the EU

MEPs decided approved a regulation which allows Pakistan to export more goods duty free to the EU, so as to help the economic recovery of its flood-devastated regions. This exceptional measure, to apply until the end of 2013, will include fabrics, garments, linen, ethanol and leather. The regulation also includes safeguards for the EU textiles market.

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European Commission initiates investigation on solar panel imports from China

The Commission is legally obliged to open an anti-dumping investigation following the complaint from EU Pro Sun, an industry association, providing evidence that exporting producers from China are dumping a particular product into the EU and causing injury to the Union industry. The product covered by the investigation is solar panels and their key components, i.e. solar cells and solar wafers.

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Australia and Europe will be linking their emissions trading systems

Businesses will be allowed to use carbon units from the Australian emissions trading scheme or the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for compliance under either system, under the new agreement reached between Australia and European Commission.

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Russia's WTO accession is welcomed by the EU

Russia joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as its 156th member after 18 years of negotiations. As the EU is Russia's first trading partner and Russia is the EU's third trading partner, the accession is specially important for the European Union.

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The European Commission proposes a program to strengthen security industry internal market

The European Commission has put forward a proposal with a series of measures aimed at strengthening the European security industry, a market whose turnover in the EU is estimated at €30 billion in the European Union. This program will contribute to create a true internal market for EUe security industry.

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MEPs calls on the Commission to respond to Argentina's decision to expropriate the YPF energy company

The European Parliament approved a resolution in which calls call on the Commission and Council to explore any measures to avoid such situations in the future, including the partial suspension of tariff preferences. The resolution was adopted by 458 votes in favour, 71 against and 16 abstentions.

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The EU’s share in global trade with mechanical engineering products was 37.2% in 2010

The European Commission published its figures that show an increase around 3% above its share in 2000 in global trade with mechanical engineering products. The figures also show that the EU successfully expanded their market shares although emerging competitors tapped into the market.

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Organic wine growers will be allowed to use the term organic wine on their labels

New EU rules for “organic wine”, which will be published in the Official Journal, have been agreed in the Standing Committee on Organic Farming (SCOF). Thus, the term “organic wine” will be allowed to use by organic wine growers on the labels. In addition, the labels must also show the EU-organic-logo and the code number of their certifier.

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The European Union keeps its active role in the preparation of the Arms Trade Treaty

Among the aspects included in the thirteenth annual report presented according to the common position on common rules for control of exports of military technology and equipment, the Council highlights as one key priority for the European Union and Member States to achieve a robust and legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The report describes the main activities undertaken in this regard during 2010 and 2011.

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European Court of Justice clarifies when customs authorities may detain imitations or copies in transit within EU territory

According to a recent judgement of the European Court of Justice, member states customs authorities would be entitled to act in cases where goods which are in transit on EU territory violate intellectual property rights protected in the European Union. The Court clarifies that for that purpose, it has to be demonstrated that there has been a commercial act directed to European consumers, such as advertising of these products in EU market.

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Commission's report on Trade Restrictive Measures warns against rise of protectionism within G20

According to a monitoring report released by the European Commission, G20 members still have to increase efforts in order to avoid protectionists behaviours in their trade relations. In its report, the Commission warns about the harmful effects of the introduction of new trade barriers and restrictive measures.

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