The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.
The Juncker Commission has strengthened Europe’s trade defence toolbox through two major reforms. Since 2014, it has also applied 95 measures to ensure that European companies and workers can compete on fair terms. Two-thirds of all the 135 measures in place concern imports from China.
In 2018 the EU completed the biggest overhaul of its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation since 1994. The reform strengthened the EU’s defences against dumped and subsidised imports. Against this background, the EU continued its intense activity and finalised a high number of investigations resulting in new protection measures, in particular in the steel sector. The year 2018 was also notable in that the EU imposed three safeguard measures, the first since 2002.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We are open traders, but we cannot afford to be naïve. Not all of our trade partners want to play by the same rules that we do – we must not be taken advantage of and must protect the EU, its companies and its workers against unfair trading practices. Our intense work in this field in the past few years bears fruit: we have now in place tools that are better-suited for today’s global economy and we will continue working to ensure our companies and workers are shielded from any unfair practices.”
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: “Open economies need effective tools to enforce fair competition, especially at a time where some countries don’t want to play by the rules. This report shows that our trade defence team is working harder than ever to safeguard jobs and protect the EU from unfair trade practices around the world. Thanks to our recent reforms, we are able to act quicker and our tools are more suited to the current global economic challenges.”
According to today’s report, since the beginning of the mandate of the Juncker Commission in November 2014 until December 2018, the Commission has imposed 95 trade defence measures. At the end of 2018, the EU had 93 definitive anti-dumping measures and 12 anti-subsidy measures in place. Almost 44% of them were measures applying to imported steel products. Of all the measures in force, over two-thirds (68%) concern products imported from China.
EU trade defence measures provide welcome relief to European companies. In some cases, the duties resulted in a decrease of unfairly priced imports of up to 99%. At the same time, the duties are set at a level that is sufficient to restore competitive conditions on the EU market, without overburdening EU consumer and industries that rely on imports.
The main highlights of 2018:
- Major overhaul of TDI legislation: The EU reformed its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation in 2018 to react more effectively to unfair trade practices that harm EU producers. The changes have made investigations faster and more transparent, with an additional focus on helping smaller companies. These new rules, which started applying for new investigations in 2018, include the possibility to impose higher duty levels in cases where there are more serious market distortions.
- Continued high EU trade defence activity: In 2018, the EU initiated 10 new investigations, of which four concerned imported steel products. There were 14 decisions taken regarding new measures. The EU also initiated 17 investigations to review existing measures, with seven decisions taken to keep measures in place. Furthermore, the Commission initiated three safeguard investigations, one in the steel sector and two bilateral ones on rice with Cambodia and Myanmar.
- Resolute action to safeguard EU steel producers: Following the imposition of measures by the US on steel and aluminium, the EU took action to address the disruptive effects of the measures on the EU steel sector. This was necessary to avoid global trade diversion towards the EU that threatened to damage EU steel producers.
- Strong and continuous defence of EU exporters targeted in foreign investigations: the Commission intervened in around 70 foreign trade defence investigations targeting EU exporters in cases of unwarranted or abusive use of trade defence instruments. This lead to the successful removal or non-imposition of duties in many cases. The number of trade defence measures targeting EU exporters now stands at 174, as compared to 162 in 2017. This upward trend is expected to continue over the next years.
Crypto Earn: Now Earn 8% p.a. on EOS Deposits
Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today that it has added EOS to Crypto Earn, allowing users to enjoy up to 8% p.a. on their deposits.
In addition to having EOS available in Crypto Earn, deposit and withdrawal of EOS is also enabled on the Crypto.com App.
EOS.IO is a free, open-source blockchain software protocol that provides developers and entrepreneurs with a platform on which to build, deploy and run high-performing blockchain applications. It is currently supporting over 260 projects.
Crypto Earn now supports 16 coins including BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, BNB, TUSD, PAX, USDC, MCO, BAT, LINK, CRO, MKR, DAI, PAXG with the addition of EOS. Interest is paid out weekly in the coin deposited with flexible, 1-month or 3-month terms available. Users earn more by staking at least 500 MCO.
Note: For the U.S. users, both deposit and withdrawal of EOS and Crypto Earn deposit in EOS are initially available in 38 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
World’s Largest Blockchain Application Competition ‘Klaytn Horizon’ Winners Announced
Klaytn, the leading blockchain project led by the South Korean Internet giant Kakao announced the winners for its BApp (Blockchain Application) competition, ‘Klaytn Horizon.’
Klaytn Horizon invited all developers worldwide to build blockchain applications on the Klaytn platform whose mainnet launched this past June. Prioritizing its efforts towards mass blockchain adoption and ecosystem building, Klaytn prospected for competent blockchain projects that can facilitate blockchain experience.
Over 100 projects were submitted by developers across the globe including Korea, U.S., China, France, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, India, the Philippines, and many others. Most of the projects are Klaytn-based tools including wallets and exchanges that enhance BApp development and usability. The judges selected 15 award-winning teams that have the most potential to deliver practical service with meaningful values based on user-friendly blockchain experience.
The top five winners of the Klaytn Horizon are as follows:
Exnomy (India & Korea)
Exnomy is a hybrid cryptocurrency exchange that enables a handful of cryptocurrencies tradeable with Klaytn’s token KLAY based on high scalability and competitive gas fee structure. It combines high security with fast transaction speed.
Jetstream is a Chrome browser extension wallet that enables the transfer of KLAY and KCT (Klaytn Compatible Tokens) as well as Klaytn-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The fees incurred by users can also be delegated to a service provider to ensure an effective user experience.
Klay.exchange (The Philippines & Korea)
Klay.exchange is a decentralized exchange protocol supporting the value transfer of KLAY and KCT. Based on an intuitive swap algorithm, the service allows simple and easy blockchain experience for users.
KUSD Stablecoin (U.S. & Russia)
KUSD is the stablecoin solution that seeks to effectively mitigate the arbitration risk and price volatility by pegging KLAY to US Dollar. KUSD also provides toolkits such as ‘Klaybook’ to facilitate smart contract deployment and ‘Klayfee,’ which enables fee delegation for Klaytn-based BApps.
Odin for Klaytn (Korea)
Odin for Klaytn is a real-time smart contract auditing service that allows developers to easily analyze and review their smart contracts in order to prevent security risk. It also issues immutable audit reports to certify smart contracts that no longer contain security risks or code errors.
The first five teams of Tier 1 will receive $100,000 each, which will be awarded in KLAY, while Tier 2 (the second five teams) and Tier 3 (the third five teams) will receive $50,000 and $30,000 worth of KLAY each.
The winning teams will also be promoted and listed on ‘DApp.com’ and ‘State of the DApps,’ which are also Klaytn’s partners. Over a dozen Klaytn-based BApps are already listed on both DApp.com and State of the Dapps. With the winning BApps to be additionally listed, we can expect to see a richer Klaytn ecosystem.
“We are excited to welcome prospective blockchain services in various industry domains including finance, entertainment, lifestyle, and technology,” said Chase Choi, the Head of Business. “Klaytn is going to provide the winning teams with full support on business and technical sides for successful service operation and mutual growth with us. To foster a healthy blockchain ecosystem, we also excluded gambling services,” he added.
For more information on the 15 winning projects, visit the official Klaytn Horizon webpage at www.klaytnhorizon.com.
Assured Asset Management Launches Supply Chain Finance Solution with Shui On Group
Assured Asset Management (“Assured”), a Hong Kong-based technology-driven asset manager, has launched its Traceable Accounts Payable (“TAP”) platform with the Shui On Group. TAP is a blockchain-based digital payment system backed by approved supplier account receivables and contract payables issued by anchor enterprises. The partnership aims to leverage TAP to illuminate transaction flows deep within Shui On’s construction supply chain.
TAP addresses a crucial pain point for business leaders: the lack of efficient, reliable and transparent methods for SMEs buried within supply chains to access liquidity. TAP leverages blockchain technology to record the transfer of goods and services and provides verifiable records of SME involvement in deep-tier anchor operations that enable access to liquidity regardless of SME size. TAP adds a new capacity for liquidity providers, banks and credit investors to access the yields of SMEs while using the credit profile of anchor enterprises through verifiable and immutable sourcing records.
Assured is partnering with the Shui On Group to integrate Assured’s core competency in financial technology development with Shui On’s Chinese construction supply chain to launch the platform. Together, the two firms aim to release a solution that benefits all stakeholders within Shui On’s supply chain, including Shui On, SME counterparties and financial institutions.
“Technology-enabled supply chain finance for small and medium enterprises is a significant growth opportunity in today’s financial industry,” said Robert Cheung, CEO of Assured Asset Management. “The TAP platform enables end-to-end financing within the entire supply chain using modern technologies to resolve the difficulties of SME credit risk assessment and address the unique financing needs of SMEs. We are delighted that Shui On resonates with the value of TAP and are excited for a great partnership going forward.”
“A robust supply chain is instrumental for Shui On. By creating an immutable audit trail, the TAP platform will benefit SMEs within our supply chain as well as our core business by illuminating transactions deep within our supply chain and reducing the risk of fraud and error,” said Allan Zhang, Executive Director of Shui On. “This partnership will provide a powerful solution to strengthen the overall efficiency and transparency of our construction supply chain. We see great long-term business value in adopting TAP to issue account receivables among our suppliers.”
Assured and Shui On will begin the onboarding process in December 2019 and anticipate opening the TAP platform for liquidity providers in Q1 2020.
SOURCE Assured Asset Management Limited
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