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EuroCommerce joins forces for successful outcome of WTO negotiations 3 Dec 2013

Two hours before the official start of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, SME Global joined forces with EuroCommerce and the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) to express strong support for a successful outcome of the ongoing negotiations, in particular on Trade Facilitation.

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EU-Mexico trade agreement: important signal against protectionism

The EU-Mexico Global Agreement concluded in principle at the weekend marked another important and welcome step in Europe’s leadership in advocating free trade. EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

“The agreement reached between the EU and Mexico on an updated trade deal shows how EU trade policy can deliver real results, and how building bridges is better than building walls. This is a message I hope will also be heard in Washington ahead of negotiations on the update of NAFTA.”

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Joint statement on new Chinese furniture standards

The undersigned are concerned about the unnecessary obstacles to international trade that new Chinese standards on wood-based furniture, sofas and mattresses might cause, without benefits for the consumers’ safety, health and the environment. We consider that the testing methods described in notified standards are immature, not elaborated on technically correct basis and, to our knowledge, not validated. Therefore, this new approach results in unsuitability to fulfill its mandate: protect consumers or the environment.

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Retailers and Wholesalers applaud European Parliament Approval of EU-Canada Trade Deal

EuroCommerce very much welcomed the European Parliament’s plenary vote today approving ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). The agreement has now passed an important hurdle and can be provisionally applied, starting this spring.

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: a welcome boost for the World Economy

EuroCommerce is very pleased that the number of ratifications needed for the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) to enter into force was reached today. This is first multilateral deal concluded and to come into force since the WTO Doha Round in 2001.

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