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Written question – Enforcing stricter requirements for travel to the US – E-001794/2016

The United States has enforced stricter travel requirements on individuals who have travelled to the Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, or Sudan in the past five years, by requiring them to obtain a visa in order to enter the US. Although this decision is aimed at preventing terrorism and enhancing safety, it also means that Europeans who have visited any of those countries in the past five years or maintain dual nationality in respect of any of those countries must now apply for a visa through the immigration channels at a US embassy in order to enter the country.

Has the Commission ever thought about enacting similar legislation requiring visas to enter the EU if an individual has visited a particular Muslim state?

Will this measure truly strengthen security?

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Written question – Addressing the impact on the EU of China's proposed market economy status – E-001791/2016

To deal with China’s recognition as a ‘market economy’, the EU is looking for a solution that is in line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations and that maintains its ability to protect itself from unfair competition from dumped Chinese imports.

I believe that, in order to achieve this, there are three options: a) make no changes and possibly breach WTO regulations; b) remove China from the list of non-market economy status countries in EU anti-dumping legislation, which would be ‘unrealistic’ and would damage EU industry and jobs; or c) give China market economy status and take mitigating measures to prevent job losses in EU industry. It has been estimated that over 188 000 job losses could result if no mitigating measures are put into place. However, we must also take all these options into account within the ever present context of China’s important status as a strong trading partner.

In view of the expected substantial impact of this matter on the Member States’ economies and the EU as a whole, has the Commission carried out any studies on the impact of giving China market economy status on the Member States or the EU as a whole?

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Written question – Cumulative effect of EU trade negotiations on farming – E-001840/2016

On 15 February 2016, at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, the Commission informed Member States about the state of trade negotiations affecting the farming sector. In addition to issues of pricing, it stressed the importance of making progress, with regard to maintaining EU geographical indications, promoting our high standards of protection at international level – as part of the sustainable development goals – and complying with the rules set out by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

At the ministerial meeting, general agreement was reached on the importance of stepping up exchanges, diversifying markets and responding in a suitable manner to the growing worldwide demand for food.

The number of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral agreements are growing, as are the independent measures granted by the EU to certain partners in specific circumstances and at specific times. In light of that, does the Commission consider it important to analyse and evaluate the cumulative effect of the trade agreements in force on the evolution of the agricultural sector, their impact on rural development – including male and female employment rates in rural areas – and their overall impact on the right to food?

How long would it take the Commission to present the conclusions of such a study?

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ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2016 returning to Suzhou, China's life science hub, May 18-19, 2016

SUZHOU, China, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The 8(th) annual ChinaBio []® []Partnering Forum 2016 [] life science partnering event will return to Suzhou, China, May 18-19. Suzhou is an active biopharma hub and the home of international and China pharmaceutical and medical companies, specializing in drug discovery, diagnostics, and medical devices. China is now the world’s second largest and fastest growing major pharma market and the event will bring together biotech and pharma leaders from around the world along with hundreds of China-based developers of novel technologies to capitalize on this high-growth potential.

“China is transforming into an innovation-based economy,” said Greg B. Scott, Founder of ChinaBio® Group. “Suzhou BioBay has aggressively fostered innovation in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics, as well as research-related services. Many of the companies as well as companies from all over China are eager to partner with western companies.”

Hengrui, a leading developer of novel cancer therapeutics in China, is a regular attendee and presenter at ChinaBio® Partnering Forum. “At ChinaBio®, we meet many companies from here in China as well as from the US and Europe, and we can discuss possible collaborations to help bring new medicines to the market,” said Lianshan Zhang, PhD, President of Global R&D at Hengrui.

Innovative companies, organizations and researchers interested in partnering their technologies or products, initiating strategic alliances, or tapping into the financing network in China may apply to present [] at the event.

partneringONE® is EBD Group’s sophisticated, web-based partnering system that enables event delegates to efficiently identify, meet and get partnerships started with companies across the life science value chain, from large biotech and pharma companies to financiers and innovative startups.

Attendees may register [] before March 18, 2016 to save USD 200 off the regular registration fee.

About ChinaBio® Group:
Since its founding in 2007, ChinaBio® Group has successfully helped nearly 100 US, European and Asia-Pacific life science companies achieve success in China. Leveraging their consulting and advisory teams’ significant experience in China’s life science industry, ChinaBio has helped its clients identify over 1,000 in-/out-licensing and M&A opportunities and raise over $500M in funding in China. ChinaBio’s clients have included many global pharma and life science companies as well as early stage and mid-size companies in Europe and the US. ChinaBio has also organized over 30 conferences in China focused on investment and partnering, and publishes ChinaBio® Today, the most widely read source for China life science news. ChinaBio® Group is headquartered in Shanghai with staff in San Diego, Silicon Valley, Canada and Switzerland. More information is available at []

About EBD Group
EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

— BIO-Europe []® and BIO-Europe Spring
[]®, Europe’s largest life science partnering
conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
— BioPharm America [](TM), the fastest growing
partnering event in North America
— Biotech Showcase [](TM), a unique forum in San
Francisco for presenting to investors and business development
executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
— BioEquity Europe [], the investor conference
co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
— ChinaBio® Partnering Forum [], the first dedicated
biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with
ChinaBio® Group
— Biolatam []®, facilitating partnering among global
life sciences executives in Latin America’s vibrant life science hubs

EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

For more information please visit [].

EBD Group

CONTACT: Erin Righetti, EBD Group, +1 760 930 0500,, or Jean Meng, ChinaBio® Group, 780 Cailun Road,#822, Shanghai 201203 China, From China: +86 21 5137 0751, From USA: +1 858859 1860,

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Il sistema trentino si presenta in Uganda

Roma, 14 mar. (askanews) – E’ iniziata stamani in con due incontri, rispettivamente con i rappresentanti dell’Unione europea nella capitale Kampala e con i vertici dell’Autorità ugandese per gli investimenti, la visita della delegazione trentina guidata dall’assessora Sara Ferrari, in Uganda. Presente agli incontri anche l’ambasciatore italiano Domenico Fornara, che conosce molto bene il Trentino. Al centro dei colloqui – informa una nota della Provincia Autonoma di Trento – il rafforzamento della partnership istituzionale e le prospettive in Uganda per il sistema trentino, con la sua cooperazione allo sviluppo, attiva nel paese africano da ormai 30 anni, ma anche con la sua economica, in settori che vanno dall’agroalimentare alle costruzioni fino all’energia sostenibile.

Nel pomeriggio la delegazione è stata ricevuta dai vertici del governo, guidato dal presidente Yoweri Museveni, recentemente rieletto alla guida del Paese: un’attenzione che dimostra quando la visita fosse stata accuratamente preparata e quanto le istituzioni del paese africano siano aperte a nuove forme di collaborazione. Della delegazione fa parte anche una rappresentanza di Eurikse, l’ente di ricerca trentino che sta realizzando una ricerca sulle prospettive del sistema cooperativo in Africa per conto dell’Unione europea e degli Usa, e i vertici della ong Acav.

Nel corso della giornata i responsabili dell’assessorato hanno visitato anche altri progetti realizzati dal Centro missionario diocesano e da associazioni di volontariato trentine a Kampala, nei settori dell’educazione e della sanità. Da martedì la delegazione si sposterà nel nord del paese, a Arua e Koboko, dove visiterà i progetti realizzati dall’Acav, a partire dalla scuola agraria di Jabara. Successivamente si recherà in Sud Sudan, anche qui per rafforzare la presenza trentina sul versante della cooperazione allo sviluppo, in particolare a fianco dei profughi che vivono nella fascia di confine fra questo paese, la Repubblica Democratica del Congo e l’Uganda.

L’Uganda è un paese stabile, impegnato ad accrescere le partnership con il resto del mondo e a migliorare le proprie prestazioni economiche così come la qualità dei proprio servizi, a fronte di una crescita demografica fra le più forti al mondo. L’interesse per gli investimenti stranieri e lo sviluppo di joint ventures, dai trasporti alle Ict fino all’agrifood, è molto alto. Il contesto regionale in cui l’Uganda si colloca e’ strategico: siamo nel cuore dell’Africa orientale e della Regione di Grandi Laghi, l’Uganda e’ tra i paesi più sicuri e affidabili e qui l’Italia è conosciuta e apprezzata. Nei paesi circostanti le condizioni non sono sempre così buone: non a caso il paese accoglie sul suo suolo anche profughi provenienti in primo luogo dal Sud Sudan, attraversato da forti tensioni interne dopo la conquista dell’indipendenza (nel 2011). “Il Trentino – ha sottolineato l’assessora Ferrari – interessato ad approfondire le pa rtnership con l’Uganda, anche in collaborazione con il governo italiano e l’Unione europea, non solo stanziando delle risorse finanziarie ma anche mettendo a disposizione le competenze presenti nella sua università e nei suoi centri di ricerca, a partire dalla Fondazione Mach, una delle realtà di punta in Italia nel campo della ricerca agricola, e con le sue imprese”.

Continue reading South Korea, EFTA States Discuss Broader Free Trade Deal

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

14 March 2016

Delegations from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states and South Korea convened in Seoul on March 11, 2016, for their fifth Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The previous day, in preparation for the Joint Committee, experts on customs and origin matters had reviewed the implementation of the FTA in a dedicated Subcommittee meeting.

In the Joint Committee, delegations discussed the status of bilateral trade and noted growth in trade flows between the EFTA states – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – and Korea since the entry into force of the FTA.

The Committee also reviewed and discussed possible “further developments” in issues related to rules of origin; market access for industrial, agricultural, and fisheries products; trade in services; investment; technical barriers to trade; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; trade remedies; trade and sustainable development; and procedures for the implementation of Joint Committee decisions.

The EFTA-Korea FTA came into force in 2006. Under the agreement, the EFTA states agreed to immediately terminate tariffs on all imports from South Korea, while Korea agreed to eliminate tariffs on 99.1 percent of imports from EFTA countries over a period of 10 years following the agreement’s entry into force.

EFTA said that total merchandise trade between the EFTA states and South Korea stood at USD9bn in 2015. The Association’s leading exports to South Korea include watches, pharmaceuticals, and electrical machinery, while the main import items from South Korea were ships, boats, and floating structures, electrical machinery, and vehicles. Trade in services and foreign direct investment are also substantial between EFTA and South Korea, EFTA said.

The Joint Committee agreed to hold its next meeting in Geneva in the first half of 2018.

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