EU and WTO members strike major deal to simplify trade in services

A group of 67 World Trade Organization (WTO) members, including the EU, have today concluded negotiations on a landmark agreement to cut red tape in services trade. The so-called Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation will simplify unnecessarily complicated regulations and ease procedural hurdles faced by SMEs in particular. This agreement will help reduce the costs of global services trade by more than USD 150 billion every year.

De tenuitvoerlegging en handhaving van de handelsovereenkomsten van de EU heeft de uitvoer van de EU in 2020 met 5,4 miljard euro verhoogd.

Preferentiële handel van de EU in 2020 Van de 67 handelspartners bleef Zwitserland de belangrijkste handelspartner van de EU, met 21,5 % van de handel, gevolgd door Turkije (11,3 %), Japan (9,4 %), Noorwegen (7,8 %) en Zuid-Korea (7,7 %). Samen vertegenwoordigden deze vijf partners meer dan de helft van de preferentiële handel van de EU (57,7 %). Wat de totale […]

Handel met Iran met de steun van de Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions

The Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions for EU SMEs dealing with Iran provides free-of-charge support to SMEs that are willing to engage with Iran, to do so in full compliance with EU legislation.

Roadmap open: “A Drone strategy 2.0 for Europe to foster sustainable and smart mobility”

The EU needs to ensure the safe and efficient development of a drone ecosystem. In its Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy, the EC announced its plan to adopt a Drone strategy 2.0 in 2022 to develop drones into a vector for the smart and sustainable mobility of the future.

Set up of the Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI) project

Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI) project The EU’s industrial policy approach promotes the creation of a competitive European industry. In order to properly support the implementation of policies and initiatives, a systematic monitoring of technological trends and reliable, up-to-date data on advanced technologies is needed. To this end, the Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI) project […]

Brexit: Measures deferred concerning the export of products of animal or plant origin

The UK authorities announced on 11/03/2021 a 6-month postponement of the arrangements for the export of products to the UK. Thus, the new rules which were due to come into force on 1 April, as well as those scheduled for 1 July, are postponed by 6 months. Concretely, no new certificates will be required from […]

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