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2015 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf

Annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world.  The report identifies a wide range of concerns especially with practices in China, India, Russia, and Brazil.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Commission Staff Working Document: A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe: Analysis and Evidence

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet

http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/docs/dsm-swd_en.pdf

Sections on policy context, online access to goods and services across Europe, conditions for digital networks and services to develop, and investing in the digital single market.  From the European Commission

 

 

A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission Sets Out 16 Initiatives to Make it Happen

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm?locale=en

Press release which describes 16 initiatives to bring about a single market where 28 national markets now exist.  From the European Commission

 

Corporate Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): An Examination of the Data

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Taxes

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44013.pdf

Examines the magnitude of profit shifting by U.S. corporations to evade taxes and policy options for reducing such shenanigans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Hong Kong Policy Act Report

Categories: Asia,China,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/reports/2015/240585.htm

Statement of U.S. views on how the “one country, two systems” policy is evolving in the relations between China and Hong Kong.  Covers such matters as U. S.-Hong Kong trade relations, electoral reform, judicial independence, media freedom, and export controls.  From the State Department

 

United States of Trade: 50 Stories in 50 States That Show the Impact of Trade Across the Nation

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/United%20States%20of%20Trade.pdf

Claims 11.7 million U.S. jobs were supported by exports in 2014 and provides statistics at state level.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

2015 Section 1377 Review on Compliance with Telecommunications Trade Agreements

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Section-1377-Report_FINAL.pdf

Annual report on American telecommunications trade which identifies the major trade barriers faced by U.S. service and equipment suppliers.  Also identifies issues to be targeted for enforcement efforts.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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