Mini-Trade Deals with EU and Brazil

President Trump’s preference for bilateral trade agreements, expressed when he pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017, has borne modest results: one comprehensive agreement and several limited trade deals. He recently

EU: Broad Authority to Conclude Trade Pacts

On May 16, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Europe’s top court, issued a long-awaited opinion on whether the European Union (EU) must share approval of trade agreements with its member states. In a 28-page opinion, the ECJ concluded that the EU has the

EU-Canada Trade Pact: European Parliament Approves

On February 15, the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, giving a boost to international trade agreements amid growing threats of protectionism. The approval paves the way

EU-Canada Trade Pact: Compromise Allows Signing

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On October 30, Canada and the European Union finally signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), after objections by a Belgium province almost derailed the agreement. Only after intensive negotiations involving the EU, Belgium and its

EU & Canada: Preparing to Sign Trade Pact

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The European Union and Canada are taking steps to ratify their trade pact, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which they completed in 2014 after six years of negotiations. The two sides plan to sign the agreement at a EU-Canada summit in

PPPs #2: EU Works Concessions under Trade Agreements


The European Union (EU) covers public works concessions – a form of public-private partnerships (PPPs) – under the revised WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), as well as under bilateral agreements. Under the GPA, the EU limits its

2014 International Procurement Developments

In 2014, the major developments in international procurement centered on the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. In 2014, the implementation of a major revision of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) was the most significant development. In

Korea’s New Trade Agreements

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Recently, the Republic of Korea has entered two new free trade agreements (FTA), one with an existing party to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and the other with a country about to become a GPA member. Both include government procurement

UPDATE: EU-Canadian Trade Pact Now Public

The EU-Canada agreement details Canada’s unprecedented opening of its procurement markets. A year ago, when Canada and the European Union announced the conclusion of their negotiations of a major trade agreement – the Comprehensive Economic and

Can U.S. Offer Comprehensive Coverage of States in TTIP?

The U.S. lacks the mechanism for comprehensive sub-federal coverage in TTIP. As noted in an earlier posting, one of top priorities of the European Union’s (EU) in the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is expansion