IEU Trade & Commerce Telegram 17 May 2018

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FAC: 

  • Agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development), 22/05/2018 +++ 

WESTERN BALKANS: 

  • EU-Western Balkans summit: improving connectivity and security in the region - EU Commission +++ 
  • Sofia declaration of the EU-Western Balkans summit, 17 May 2018 - Council of the EU +++ 
  • Press conference remarks by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Informal Leaders' Meeting/Western Balkans Summit in Sofia +++ 
  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Western Balkans summit +++ 
  • Lasting commitment and a meaningful legacy needed following EU-Western Balkans Summit - ECR +++ 
  • CDU/CSU im Bundestag zum Westbalkan-Gipfel der EU: Viel Schatten - wenig Licht +++ 
  • WKÖ: Westbalkan braucht glaubhafte Erweiterungsperspektive +++ 

UKRAINE: 

  • EP Opinion - Further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine - PE 620.988v02-00 - Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • EU Commission Answer - Association agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia - E-000584/2018
  • EU-Abgeordneter Helmut Scholz (DIE LINKE) zur Ukraine: Finanzhilfe erstmals mit sozialpolitischen Konditionen

USA

  • EP Draft report - State of EU-US relations - PE 616.905v02-00 - Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • EU Commission Answer - Impact of the US measures and safeguard clause - P-001986/2018
  • EU Commission Answer - The United States imposes additional customs duties on steel and aluminium imports from the EU - E-001588/2018

MEXICO

  • EU Commission Answer - Security in Mexico and the new Global Agreement - E-001226/2018

CHINA

  • EU Commission Answer - Trade with the USA and China - E-001591/2018
  • DG Trade: Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People's Republic of China
  • UNECE trade facilitation and e-business standards ready to support China‘s e-commerce development

RUSSIA

  • Russian Government: The 8th St Petersburg International Legal Forum

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY

  • CER: To manage migration, the EU needs to rethink its neighbourhood policy

KIMBERLEY PROCESS

  • EU Commission Answer - The EU's Chairmanship of the Kimberley Process - P-001463/2018

TRADE POLICY

  • Speech by Trade Commissioner Malmström: Poland - Free and Open Traders
  • Latest letters published by EU Trade Commissioner Malmström
  • EU Commission Answer - Opinion 2/15 delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 16 May 2017 and the legal implications for future trade agreements - E-001696/2018

EU COMMISSION REGISTER

  • DG TRADE
    • ANNUAL REVIEW BY THE COMMISSION of Member States' Annual Activity Reports on Export Credits in the sense of Regulation (EU) No 1233/2011
    • COMMISSION DECISION determining the Union position in the sectoral Subcommittee and in the Joint Committee set up under Article 8 of the Agreement on Mutual Recognition between the European Community and Japan in order to expand the operational product scope of the Sectoral Annex on Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products (GMP)
  • DG TAXUD
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Regulation (EU) No 389/2012 on administrative cooperation in the field of excise duties as regards the content of electronic register
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE laying down  the general arrangements for excise duty (recast)
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products
    • Proposal for a DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on computerising the movement and surveillance of excise goods  (recast)
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE amending Directive 92/83/EEC on the harmonization of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards the introduction of the detailed technical measures for the operation of the definitive VAT system for the taxation of trade between Member States
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax as regards the period of application of the optional reverse charge mechanism in relation to supplies of certain goods and services susceptible to fraud and of the Quick Reaction Mechanism against VAT fraud
    • RSB opinion
    • RSB opinion
  • EEAS
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms (Budget Line 02.03.01 Internal Market and Budget line 02.03.04 Internal Market Governance Tools)
  • FPI
    • COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) …/... amending for the 284th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations

EU PARLIAMENT REGISTER

  • Latest news - Next meeting - Delegation for relations with South Africa
  • General documents - Meeting of 30 May 2018, Strasbourg - Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula
  • General documents - Meeting of 18 April 2018, Strasbourg - Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula
  • Amendments 39 - 380 - Import of cultural goods - PE 621.068v01-00 - Committee on International Trade, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

EU COUNCIL REGISTER

  • St 8932 2018 Init Draft Council Conclusions on an EU position on combatting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, in light of the Third Review Conference to review the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on SALW (New York, 18-29 June 2018)
  • Cm 2868 2018 Init Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) - Notice of meeting and provisional agenda
  • Cm 2868 2018 Rev 1 Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) - Notice of meeting and provisional agenda
  • St 8932 2018 Init Draft Council Conclusions on an EU position on combatting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, in light of the Third Review Conference to review the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on SALW (New York, 18-29 June 2018)
  • St 8820 2018 Init COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Veterinary Committee set up by the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products in relation to Decision No 1/2018 regarding the amendment of Appendix 6 of Annex 11 to the Agreement – Adoption
  • St 7661 2018 Add 1 Negotiating directives for a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand
  • St 7663 2018 Add 1 Negotiating directives for a Free Trade Agreement with Australia
  • St 8624 2018 Rev 1 Negotiations on Free Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand - Draft Council Decisions - Negotiating Directives
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