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The New Zealand Government has today set out proposals to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products contingent on the outcome of a number of international legal challenges. Following this announcement, Andrew Wilson, UK Director of Policy at the International Chamber … Continue reading

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Virgin Rail’s unprecedented legal challenge to a government rail franchise award has stirred up quite a debate about the impact of EU procurement rules. Our Senior Policy Advisor, Dorothée Heinze, appears in today’s FT explaining why recent EU market access … Continue reading

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As readers of this blog may be aware, the European Commission has put forward a proposal to regulate the access of third-country goods and services to the EU procurement market. Under the terms of the draft Regulation, local authorities will … Continue reading

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Over the last few weeks representatives from the EU Commission and the Office of the US Trade Representative have held meetings in Brussels to discuss the scope of a potential EU-US Trade deal. At the end of last year, leaders … Continue reading

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Earlier this week the US launched a case against India at the World Trade Organisation, asserting that India’s ban on poultry imports—imposed to prevent avian flu—violated global trade rules. The move has been interpreted as a sign that the US … Continue reading

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Media reports in the run up to this month’s EU – India Summit have focused on European car makers’ concerns about how the EU-India Free Trade Agreement seems to be turning out. European manufacturers complain that the EU Commission has … Continue reading

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Many multinational firms will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning with the news that India’s Supreme Court found in favour of Vodafone in the long running tax dispute related to the firm’s 2007 acquisition of Hutchison Essar. In … Continue reading

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Ahead of the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC8), ICC UK is calling on the European Union to take a lead in championing pragmatic steps to counter trade protectionism and strengthen the multilateral trading system. The latest reports from Geneva suggest … Continue reading

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The Financial Times carried news this morning that the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, is to use his address to the CBI annual conference to toast the success of the Government’s commercial diplomacy strategy. If it is true that the new … Continue reading

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Analysis of last week’s G-20 Summit has—quite understandably—focused on attempts to rescue the eurozone. But those, ourselves included, who find themselves worried by what appears to be a growing trade crisis, will have found their eyes drawn to three short … Continue reading

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