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EU envoy heads to U.S. to clarify trade deal plans

“In the meetings with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on November 13, the EU and US will focus on regulatory cooperation for a limited array of products such as medical drugs and devices as well as cyber security.”

[AFP]

EU nears deal for tougher screening of foreign investments

“Under the plan, being developed following a flurry of Chinese investments, the Commission would investigate foreign investments in critical sectors to protect Europe’s strategic interests in some fields of technology.”

[Reuters]

China-backed trade deal center stage at summit as U.S. retreats

“China, Japan, India and other Asia-Pacific countries could announce a broad agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which covers half the world’s population, on the sidelines of the annual gathering. Not only is the US absent from the deal, but Trump is skipping the summit in Singapore, highlighting how far he has pulled back from efforts to shape global trade rules and raising further questions about Washington's commitment to Asia.”
[Economic Times]

Georgia becomes 116th contracting party to Revised Kyoto Convention

“The RKC is regarded by the entire international Customs community as a blueprint for modern Customs procedures in the 21st century, which complements countries’ efforts towards the ratification and the implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA). “

[World Customs Organization]

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