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New EU Procedures for Trade Defence Measures Agreed

The Council and European Parliament recently agreed on new procedural rules for the adoption of trade defence measures (i.e. anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguard measures) by the European Commission. The new rules increase the Commission's powers in the area of trade defence at the expense of Member States, which may make the process more technical/technocratic and less political in nature. In future, it would require a qualified majority of EU Member States – rather than a simple majority – to block trade defence measures. The new procedures are expected to be published soon, and will enter into force thirty days following their publication in the EU Official Journal. The new rules will not apply to ongoing investigations where a decision has already been made or EU Member States have been consulted on a Commission proposal.

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