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8th December 2021
External Relations & Trade

Commission presents proposal for new trade anti-coercion tool

The European Commission has presented a proposal for a new trade instrument that seeks to strengthen the EU’s protection against economic coercion by third countries, which comes as a direct response ‘to the EU and its Member States becoming the target of deliberate economic pressure in recent years’.

The new anti-coercion tool would amount to a security instrument to deter, vis-à-vis the EU’s trade competences, third countries from restricting or threatening to restrict trade or investment in order to force a change of policy by the EU in areas such as climate change, taxation or food safety. The main aim, according to the Commission, is to ‘preserve the EU and the Member States' legitimate right to make policy choices and decisi

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