Brussels Daily
28 Jun 2016


Brussels Daily


Statement by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström on EU Trade Policy

“In this unprecedented situation, let me stress that we are clear and united in our response with regard to EU trade policy, the policy area that I am responsible for. Trade makes a vital and positive contribution to the EU’s economic and external policy and we will make sure that it continues to deliver real benefits to EU citizens. Our negotiations with key partners will continue. The European Union has an ambitious trade agenda and remains engaged in pursuing and concluding the different negotiating processes in which it is involved, at bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral level. I am determined to make as much progress as possible in the months to come. This is particularly true for our negotiations with the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I will travel to Washington D.C. tomorrow to meet my counterpart, in order to advance further in these negotiations. The European Commission will soon make a proposal for the ratification of our trade agreement with Canada. This is the most ambitious and progressive agreement we have concluded so far. It will set new standards for trade agreements in the 21st century. It will offer opportunities to consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs from the day it comes into force. It will help to generate growth and jobs, while fully upholding Europe’s high standards in areas like food safety, environmental protection and people’s rights at work. Furthermore, the agreement with Canada is the beginning of a new era for investment protection. Together with our Canadian partners we will make a clear break from the old ISDS system, through a new model that enshrines the rights of governments to regulate, and is more transparent, independent, and impartial than its predecessor. We also remain committed to advancing within the multilateral system at the WTO, following last year’s agreement in Nairobi. Our trade agenda will continue to move forward, in order to make a positive contribution to the economy, and to spur growth and jobs.” The statement can be found online here.


Commissioner Arias Cañete in China for G20 energy ministerial and bilateral cooperation

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will visit China on 29-30 June. During the visit, the Commissioner will announce a new EU-China emissions trading cooperation project in the margins of the EU-China Carbon Market Industry Leaders Forum. Emissions trading is playing an increasingly important role in China, where a nationwide carbon market will be launched in 2017. The new project will build on the existing cooperation project which started in 2014 and has supported the roll-out of seven pilot schemes across the country. Together with the Director of the Chinese National Energy Administration Nur Bekri, the Commissioner is also expected to sign the EU-China energy roadmap laying out further areas of cooperation such as policy planning and design, energy efficiency, renewables, research, technology development and innovation. The roadmap follows the strategic priorities set out in the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council “Elements for a new strategy on China” adopted by the Commission on 22 June. On 30 June, Commissioner Arias Cañete will participate in the G20 energy ministerial meeting in Beijing. This year’s energy ministerial focuses on energy technology innovation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access and the role of the energy system in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Commission’s assessment of the Paris Agreement is available here. Finally, the Commissioner will also meet with the Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak to discuss closer cooperation in the field of energy policy.


BXL TUESDAY   Daily News 28 – 06 – 2016

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