BRUSSELS, March 5 (Reuters) – Importers of minerals from
conflict zones will be able to certify their goods have not
financed warlords under a European scheme proposed on Wednesday,
which would also help manufacturers show products are free of
Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in
electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in
ATHENS (Reuters) – Ukraine would see the economic benefits of a free-trade deal with the European Union within weeks of signing the accord, helping the near-bankrupt nation’s standing in the eyes of its creditors, the EU’s trade chief said on Friday.
Despite the upheaval since pro-EU Ukrainians drove the Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich from power, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht told Reuters that Brussels’ offer of a comprehensive trade deal was Ukraine’s for the taking.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalization to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
The rise of anti-EU parties, reports of U.S. spying in Europe and accusations that a trade pact would pander to big companies have combined to erode public support for a deal that proponents say would dramatically increase economic growth.
ATHENS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Smog in Chinese cities is
providing unexpected momentum for a global deal on trade in
environmental goods because China urgently needs access to
cheaper, cleaner energy, Denmark’s trade minister said on
Thursday following a visit to Beijing.
China last month joined a campaign by major trading powers,
including the United States and the European Union, to remove
barriers on trade in green goods, ranging from solar panels to
wind turbines, a market worth $1 trillion a year.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented euro zone economy gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
In a departure from the gloom of recent years, Brussels slightly increased its growth prediction for the bloc’s 9-trillion-euro economy to 1.2 percent in 2014 from an earlier 1.1 percent.