Brussels Daily
17 Dec 2015


Brussels Daily


EU and World Trade Organisation partners finalise high tech trade deal

Yesterday, the EU and another 23 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) completed a trade deal that eliminates custom duties on more than 200 high-tech products. On this occasion, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: ”I warmly welcome the conclusion of this agreement. This is great news for consumers, who should see the prices of their favourite electronic products fall. It should also give a boost to Europe’s high-tech manufacturing sector. We expect the deal to give our entrepreneurs easier access to state-of-the-art technology and help them reach out to the overseas markets. The conclusion of the revised Information Technology Agreement (ITA) shows that we can achieve global solutions that benefit all sides. This should add momentum to the multilateral World Trade Organisation process happening now in Nairobi.” The deal, initiated by the EU, extends the 1996 ITA to cover €1.3 trillion in global trade. This makes it the biggest tariff-cutting deal in the World Trade Organisation in almost two decades. A full press release is available here.

President Juncker met President Schulz ahead of the European Council

At a joint press conference ahead of the European Council, President Juncker and President Schulz reaffirmed the importance of better protecting the EU’s external borders as a prerequisite for preserving the integrity of the Schengen area of free movement. President Juncker noted that he expects the European Council to agree with the main thrust of the Commission’s proposal for a European Border and Coast Guard presented just two days ago: “We have now made a proposal and I am confident that we will reach an agreement in principle, we need to protect our external borders.” President Juncker also emphasised the high quality of cooperation and partnership between the Commission and the European Parliament. President Juncker‘s statement can be found here.

Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes agreement reached in trilogue on protective measures against plant pests

On Wednesday 16 December, an agreement was reached in trilogue, a meeting attended by representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, on the Commission’s proposal on protective measures against plant pests.“The measures have focused on a more proactive approach towards plants and plant products imported from third countries, as well as towards the early detection and eradication of pests found in the EU territory”, stressed the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis. “Prevention is better than cure; was the guiding principle when the Commission started preparing this proposal. This is today all the more valid due to serious plant threats, like Xylella, that we are currently facing in the European Union. The new rules will ensure a robust, transparent and sustainable regulatory framework for plant health focussing on the early detection and eradication of any pests found in EU territory.I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the European Parliament, especially the Rapporteur Ms McIntyre, and the Luxembourg Presidency for their efforts in bringing this file to a successful conclusion”.



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