14/15 April: Anti-coercion, GSP reform and trade aspects of COVID

31-03-2021 - 14:37
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The next meeting of the INTA committee is scheduled to take place on 14 April 2021, 9.00 – 12.00 and 13.45 – 15.45 and 15 April 2021, 9.00 – 12.00. Among the items on the agenda is an exchange of views with EU Chief Trade Enforcement Officer Denis Redonnet on the planned mechanism to deter and counteract coercive action by non-EU countries. This goal of this new mechanism is to offset, in line with international law, any such action trying to influence the EU's or its member countries'

policy measures. A legislative proposal is expected by the end of this year at the latest.

In the afternoon of 14 April, a public hearing on the Reform of the EU Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) will take place. A number of experts will present their views on the ongoing efforts to update the GSP, under which the EU grants unilateral tariff preferences to developing countries. As the Regulation governing the GSP expires at the end of 2023, the Commission is expected to present a proposal for a successor regime in the coming months.

Finally, the Committee will discuss the first draft of the own-initiative report on the trade related aspects and implications of COVID-19 (rapp: Van Brempt, S&D) in the morning of 15 April. The report is part of INTA's reflection process on the role of trade as a tool for a sustainable recovery and for achieving open strategic autonomy (Trade Policy Review). A public hearing on the subject took place in INTA on 17 March.