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(Daily News)
November 08, 2018

European officials this week stressed that proposals for taxes on digital services, which U.S. companies and trade groups have labeled as potential trade barriers and violations of World Trade Organization rules, would include a sunset clause that would terminate the taxes if a multilateral solution was reached.


(Daily News)
November 07, 2018

Germany’s ambassador to the U.S. on Wednesday said it will be “very difficult” for the European Commission to obtain a mandate from the EU member states to negotiate a free trade agreement with the U.S., though she believes a consensus on a mandate is possible.


(In Trade)
November 07, 2018

“Strong digital trade outcomes in the EU, Japan, and UK negotiations will help counter growing restrictions on U.S. trade and set examples for other countries developing their own rules.”


(Daily News)
November 02, 2018

A joint proposal on transparency issued by the United States, European Union, Japan, Argentina and Costa Rica would strip members of the World Trade Organization of their rights in the body if they fail to live up to the notification commitments prescribed in the WTO agreements.


(In Trade)
November 01, 2018

EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan: “We do not feel we are in a position of weakness or inferior or we somehow have to give lots of concessions in order to make progress,”


(Daily News)
October 31, 2018

U.S. business groups say a proposed European digital services tax is a trade barrier that would discriminate against U.S. firms and violate the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2018

The European Union is not convinced the Trump administration is interested in a trade deal to reduce non-auto industrial tariffs to zero, France’s ambassador to the United States said on Monday.


(In Trade)
October 24, 2018

Beijing requested consultations in August.


(Daily News)
October 23, 2018

The U.S.-UK working group formed to lay the groundwork for a future trade deal has been trying to identify areas for potential “quick wins” post-Brexit, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the U.S. said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
October 22, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday told the British House of Commons that an agreement for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is 95 percent done, with the details of the nature of the post-Brexit customs arrangement the remaining sticking point.


(In Trade)
October 19, 2018

The U.S. Privacy Shield ombudsperson is serving in an “acting” capacity.


(Daily News)
October 19, 2018

Officials from the European Union will meet in Washington DC, next week as part of the U.S.-EU Executive Working Group to continue discussions on regulatory cooperation, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said earlier this week.


(In Trade)
October 18, 2018

The Commerce under secretary touts a “need for mechanisms that promote interoperability of privacy frameworks to ensure that data can flow across borders while strengthening cross-border cooperation among enforcement authorities.”


(Daily News)
October 17, 2018

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch is “reasonably confident” a UK withdrawal deal will be reached with the European Union, he said on Wednesday, reiterating that the country considers a free trade agreement with the U.S. its “most important” post-Brexit priority.


(Daily News)
October 16, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has formally notified Congress of the administration's intent to negotiate trade agreements with the European Union, United Kingdom and Japan.


(Daily News)
October 16, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday defended her government's Brexit negotiations and attempted to assure British lawmakers that a “backstop” customs union arrangement with the European Union would only be temporary.


(Daily News)
October 11, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to notify to Congress as soon as this week that the administration intends to formally launch trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom, according to several sources with knowledge of the plans.


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