• EU Commission Communication on the Future of EU Trade Policy
  • December 3, 2010
  • Law Firm: Covington Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • The European Commission (the ‘Commission’) recently published its trade strategy for the years 2010-2015 in the form of a Communication entitled “Trade, Growth and World Affairs" (the ‘Communication’). The Communication is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document providing the economic analysis, statistics and background material in support of the Communication. The strategy is aimed at reducing trade barriers and opening global markets for European businesses. It focuses on five main areas: (i) multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements, (ii) public procurement, (iii) foreign investment policy, (iv) export controls, and (v) intellectual property rights (‘IPRs’). The strateg