CoverEU-27 exports of goods to the USA down 18% in 2009. Exports to China remain at the same level.
Statistics in Focus. General and regional statistics. External trade. Economy and finance 48/2010.
EU-27 trade and foreign direct investment with the USA, China, the EFTA countries, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Australia in 2009.
2009 was marked by a considerable drop in the total value of goods traded: EU-27 exports to the selected countries decreased by 16% and imports from these countries fell by 20%. The United States of America (USA) remains the EU’s most important trading partner. The value of EU imports from China (incl. Hong Kong) was more than double that of exports, resulting in a high EU trade deficit. In terms of product category, ‘Medicinal and pharmaceutical products’, a less economic crisis-sensitive product category, moved up in the export rankings in 2009, often surpassing ‘Machinery and transport equipment’ (especially road vehicles). The picture is more contrasted for imports but oil and gas further dominate EU imports from the EFTA countries (especially Norway) and Russia. Trade in services has declined in 2009. Services are mainly exchanged with the USA (compared to 2008, services exports to the USA decreased by 12% and imports by 5%), followed by the EFTA countries. Direct investments from the USA increased substantially in 2009 while EU investments to the USA decreased, in sharp contrast with the situation in 2008. [+]

CoverEU-27 trade with South Africa fell sharply in 2009
Statistics in focus. External trade 42/2010.
In 2009, South Africa was the EU-27’s 14th largest trade partner and the 2nd largest from Africa, close behind Algeria. EU-27 trade with South Africa changed dramatically from 2008 to 2009. Exports, which had fallen slightly in 2008, dropped by a further fifth in 2009; imports, which had risen steadily since 2003, fell by one third. Germany was the largest EU trading partner with South Africa. German exports to South Africa fell by 20% and their imports by 26% from 2008 to 2009, resulting in its total trade with South Africa falling by EUR 2.6 billion. The UK, South Africa’s second largest EU trading partner, saw its total trade with South Africa fall by EUR 3.0 billion, almost one third, in the same time. [+]

Lula impulsa las negociaciones entre Mercosur y la UE por Francho Barón.
El presidente brasileño se reúne con Durão Barroso y Van Rompuy.
Brasil abanderó ayer sin mucho éxito los esfuerzos del bloque Mercosur (Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y Paraguay) para allanar el camino hacia un acuerdo de libre comercio con la Unión Europea (UE) que dé acceso preferencial a las materias primas agrícolas de estos países al mercado comunitario. La factura que la crisis financiera ha pasado a los países europeos incluye un exacerbado proteccionismo de su mercado interno y una caída de las importaciones, amén de las históricas reticencias del sector agrícola de algunos Estados miembros, encabezados por Francia, que se opone a cualquier acuerdo que implique nuevas presiones a una cada vez más cuestionada Política Agrícola Común (PAC). (El País, 15.7.2010)

CoverEU27 international trade in services declined in 2009 following the onset of the global financial crisis.
Statistics in focus. Economy and finance 37/2010.
The global financial turmoil of 2008-2009 had a strong negative impact on the international exchange of goods and services. This paper provides analysis of the international trade in services (ITS) of the European Union in 2008 (final data) and 2009 (preliminary results). The EU remained the largest global player in ITS, but the total exports and imports declined by almost 6% in 2009. However, the impact of the crisis on the international exchange of goods was considerably stronger. The paper summarises also the developments in ITS in the EU by Member State, partner country and service sector. [+]

La Comisión Europea ha dado hoy el primer paso hacia una política europea global en materia de inversión internacional, con dos iniciativas. En un documento estratégico analiza cómo puede utilizarse la nueva competencia de la UE en materia de inversiones extranjeras directas para impulsar la competitividad y el comercio con vistas a favorecer el crecimiento y crear puestos de trabajo. Al mismo tiempo, en un proyecto de Reglamento se establecen disposiciones transitorias que ofrecen garantías sobre los convenios bilaterales de inversión existentes o pendientes entre la UE y terceros países. En virtud del Tratado de Lisboa, la política de inversión se desarrollará y se gestionará a nivel europeo y, de esta manera, la UE tendrá una posición negociadora más fuerte que le permitirá obtener una mejor protección de las inversiones para todas las empresas europeas. (RAPID, IP/10/907, 7.7.2010)

Miércoles, 07 Julio 2010 09:32

China va de compras a Grecia

Con la reciente firma de un contrato de 3.300 millones de euros para arrendar parte del puerto de El Pireo, China ha plantado un pie en Europa. The Daily Telegraph informa sobre la estrategia del Reino Medio para invertir en las economías de la UE que más problemas tienen para superar la crisis mundial. (Daily Telegraph, 7.7.2010)

El Pireo

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