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08 October, 2020 Legal Update

Latest Trade News and Agreements: October

Latest Trade News and Agreements: October

Read about this month's latest trade news and agreements, featuring updates on UK-Japan agreement and EU calls

EU: Call for Participation, Domestic Advisory Groups

The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG Trade) aims to renew the membership of eight EU Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), under its existing trade agreements and inviting members for two new EU DAGs. Current EU trade agreements provide for the involvement of civil society in advising on the implementation of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) Chapters through the creation of DAGs.
The list of DAGs that are being renewed or set up is the following:
  • Central America
  • Colombia/Ecuador/Peru
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam
  • Canada
  • Cariforum
Candidate organizations need to fulfill the following criteria:
  • Be a civil society organization.
  • Be not for profit.
  • Represent or defend EU interests.
  • Be registered in the EU Transparency Register and in DG Trade’s civil society database.
The candidate(s) designated must have specific professional expertise or competence in the area of trade policy, and in particular with regard to the areas covered by the trade and sustainable development chapter of the agreement(s) they are proposed to cover. In selecting EU-DAG members, the Commission will seek to achieve a balanced and diverse membership, representing different civil society segments.
The deadline for submitting comments is October 15, 2020.
Call for Expression of Interest in participation in EU Domestic Advisory Groups

UK-Japan: Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

On September 11, 2020, the UK and Japan reached a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. 
This agreement is expected to give UK companies exporting to Japan a competitive advantage in a number of areas: tariff-free access for more goods, improved mobility for business people, and digital and data provisions, among others.
UK-Japan: Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
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