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Environmental Goods Agreement

(Daily News)
January 19, 2017

Multiple sources expect to see informal bilateral discussions this week on the stalled Environmental Goods Agreement at the World Economic Forum underway in Davos, Switzerland, but the lack of clarity surrounding the incoming Trump administration's stance on the plurilateral deal will stymie any significant progress, they said.


(Daily News)
December 29, 2016

The incoming Trump administration will enter into a negotiating fray at the World Trade Organization and will likely decide the fate of three outstanding plurilateral negotiations: the Environmental Goods Agreement, the Trade in Services Agreement, and Fisheries Subsidies Agreement.


(In Trade)
December 13, 2016

“Failure to make the case for inclusive trade could pave the way to increased protectionism in the future.”


(Daily News)
December 08, 2016

While some in the U.S. and European Union have cast blame on China for sinking what was supposed to be a ministerial meeting to conclude an Environmental Goods Agreement in Geneva last weekend, a senior Chinese Ministry of Commerce official this week claimed that Beijing's last-minute product list proposal was actually an effort to save the talks.


(Daily News)
December 07, 2016

What was supposed to be the closing ministerial for a tariff-cutting Environmental Goods Agreement was blown up after China submitted a late product list that was not close to aligning with positions that other members of the negotiations were coalescing around and nearing agreement on, according to multiple sources.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2016

Ministers of countries negotiating an Environmental Goods Agreement were unable to bridge divides and strike a deal in Geneva following what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations and a concluding ministers meeting on the plurilateral initiative.


(Daily News)
November 22, 2016

The Obama administration would not have to seek congressional approval in order to implement a plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement negotiated under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, according to sources close to the talks, but late-breaking difficulties have arisen in the negotiations as members seek to strike a deal in the coming weeks.


(Daily News)
November 07, 2016

A European environmental advocacy group on Nov. 7 leaked what it maintains is the product list serving as the basis for negotiations on an Environmental Goods Agreement as of the 15th round of talks, which took place in late July, and claims that of the 304 items on the list, roughly five percent would have a meaningful positive impact on the environment through inclusion in the tariff cutting agreement.


(Daily News)
November 02, 2016

Business and other sources say they are increasingly optimistic that a plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement will be concluded at a Dec. 3-4 ministerial, as meetings between trade officials in Geneva are now taking place on a weekly basis, communication between capitals has picked up and an extra negotiating round has been scheduled for the end of November leading into the ministerial.


(Daily News)
November 02, 2016

Business and other sources say they are increasingly optimistic that a plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement will be concluded at a Dec. 3-4 ministerial, as meetings between trade officials in Geneva are now taking place on a weekly basis, communication between capitals has picked up and an extra negotiating round has been scheduled for the end of November leading into the ministerial.


(In Trade)
October 26, 2016

The deal “is ready to be concluded. There’s no question about that,” said Andrew Martin, who chairs the EGA negotiations on behalf of Australia.


(In Trade)
August 18, 2016

“As the world largest economies are making progress helping finance low-carbon technologies, the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers is an equally powerful economic force.”


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