Trade barriers in the Single Market
Study suggest companies face discriminatory measures in Single Market
In an EU-wide survey of the Centre for European Policy (cep) commissioned by METRO AG 59% of companies feel affected by discriminatory restrictions to their business in the Single Market.
News from Brussels / Week 08-14 May 2017
Last week, Bulgaria nominated MEP Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner. The EU Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and took stock of trade relations with Chile, New Zealand and Australia. It also debated the state of play of trade negotiations with Japan, Mexico and Mercosur and discussed about the EU-Myanmar/Burma Investment Protection Agreement. The Commission identified three main action points in the Digital Single Market and published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The European Parliament held a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.
News from Brussels / Week 13 - 17 March 2017
Last week the European Parliament adopted the new regulation on official controls to increase Member States’ ability to prevent, eliminate or reduce health risks throughout the food supply chain. The European Parliament also adopted several reports on food waste, recycling and landfills -the so-called “waste package”. Commissioner Cecilia Malsmtröm was in Singapore to try to re-launch trade talks between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
News from Brussels / Week 25 February - 3 March 2017
Last week the European Commission launched a public debate on the future of Europe by presenting a White Paper on the possible scenarios for the further development of the EU. The Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture published a study, in which it shows how trade agreements help boost European agricultural exports. The Council took a position on the revision of the emissions trading system and is now ready to start the negotiations with the Parliament.
METRO's Position on the Free Trade Agreement / Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan
METRO GROUP appreciates the efforts to facilitate bilateral trade between the EU and Japan through an Free Trade Agreement. Within the scope of the negotiations, METRO GROUP very much hopes that especially requirements for food additives will be relaxed, allowing the export of popular European food to Japan and vice versa.
METRO's Position on Protectionism in Indonesia
Indonesia experiences increasing protectionism. Most of the policies reflective of this trend are non-tariff measures, as tariffs are already very low. METRO GROUP’s subsidiary Classic Fine Foods (CFF) cannot realize its full potential due to this protectionism and is prevented from delivering the highly specialized high-class products from the EU which Indonesian customers demand.