November 14, 2019

UK: Brexit bill ‘in limbo’ as MPs reject timetable

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From BBC Boris Johnson has hit the pause button on his Brexit legislation after MPs rejected his plan to get it through the Commons in three days. MPs backed his Withdrawal Agreement Bill – but minutes later voted against the timetable, leaving it “in limbo”. After the vote, EU Council President Donald Tusk said he […]

Caribbean Export signs three MOUs with strategic partners to support the Caribbean’s export growth.

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Bridgetown, Barbados, October 15, 2019 – The recently held CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum drew record numbers of senior level European and Caribbean policy makers, European buyers and Caribbean exhibitors, to the 4th hosting of the event and the first ever to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. Three MOUs were signed between the Caribbean Export Development Agency […]

5 questions and answers about electric cars

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By 2030, sales of zero or low emission cars must amount to 40 % of the total, according to the European Commission Range and battery recharging raise the most questions SEAT is going to launch 6 new electric and plug-in hybrid models by early 2021 Martorell, 02/10/2019. What’s the difference between a hybrid and a […]

Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean join efforts to shape future digital cooperation

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By Panis Pieri From Disrupt Cyprus On 20-21 March 2019 in the Costa Rican capital of San José, over 100 policy makers, regulators, businesses, academics and other representatives of civil society engaged in working groups to deliver proposals for digital cooperation between the European Union and Latin America and Caribbean regions. The event was opened […]

Brexit: EU reveals no-deal plans

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From BBC The European Commission says it has started to implement its preparations for a no-deal Brexit – in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a plan. It has announced temporary measures to try to reduce the impact, but says it cannot counter all the problems it expects. As PM Theresa May’s […]

UK: Theresa May calls off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal

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From BBC Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it. As it stands the deal “would be rejected by a significant margin” if MPs voted on it, she admitted. But she said she was confident of […]

Will current WTO rule-making reform proposals benefit Caribbean small states?

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By ALICIA NICHOLLS, From Nation News The following is one of the articles from Trading Thoughts by the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services. The rules-based multilateral trading system (MTS), institutionalised by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is confronting an existential threat. Questions about the fairness and efficacy of the WTO, […]

What’s at stake as EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, negotiate new accord

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By Vince Chadwick From devex BRUSSELS — After years of preparation and posturing, negotiations on the new relationship between the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific states are finally underway. The talks come as ACP-EU Partnership Agreement — signed in Cotonou in 2000, which has set the legal framework for trade, dialogue, and […]

Cayman Islands Ministry updates stakeholders on EU assessment

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The Ministry of Financial Services has been advancing the discussion surrounding the European Union’s assessment of jurisdictions’ tax regimes with key audiences; namely EU officials, Cayman Islands Government officials and local financial services industry representatives. Financial Services Minister Tara Rivers travelled to Belgium last month to discuss Cayman’s position with EU officials. Upon her return […]

UK planes may not be able to land in Europe if Brexit goes wrong, says Juncker

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PA From Aol. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that British planes may not be able to land in the EU if Brexit goes wrong. And Mr Juncker said a four-day quarantine may be imposed on pet dogs and cats passing from the UK to continental Europe and again on their return journey. Speaking […]