The EU Commission has published a proposal for a legal framework to better protect soils. Until now, there has been hardly any legal basis for soil protection, in contrast to air and water, which is why the EU Parliament and other institutions had called on the Commission to develop one.
Australia and China have suspended their World Trade Organization wine tariff dispute. China wants to take five months to review the punitive tariffs imposed on wine imports from Australia. In return, Australia will suspend its complaint to the WTO.
Following our report last week of China’s decision to lift its punitive tariffs on Australian barley, and suggestions that Australia’s prime minister, Anthony Albanese might visit Beijing before the end of the year, Treasury Wine Estates is betting on an imminent removal of the wine tariffs too.