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Beginner’s guide to the EU trade and investment policy
Seattle to Brussels Network | December 2012
Beginner’s guide to the EU trade and Investment Policy
The Seattle to Brussels Network developed this Trade Reader as a beginners guide to the EU trade and investment policy. It is written in English and translations are being finalised in French. Some of the key articles have been also translated into Arabic, in order to raise awareness of the EU policy in Arab and Mediterranean Countries, especially after the EU launched its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Edited by Roeline Knottnerus with the fundamental support of TNI, the reader is the fruit of a collective effort of S2B Members; trade activists and other organisations and trade activists. The reaser is composed by the following articles:
Introduction (English, Arabic)
Between WTO and FTAs: the EU’s trade policy at the multilateral and the bilateral level (English, Arabic)
ACTA: the Anti-Counterfeiting trade Agreement (English)
EU Deep and Comprehensive Trade Agreements: A Threat to the Aspirations of the Arab Spring (English, Arabic)
Europe’s agricultural policy and its impacts on food security (English)
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) towards a new FTA template (English)
Climate and Trade: an Introduction to Issues of Conflict and Convergence (English)
Sailing under the big business flag: corporate lobbyists and the EU Commission are fellow passengers when it comes to setting trade policy (English, Arabic)
EPAs: the EU’s failure to impose comprehensive, deep integration agreements on Africa And the Pacific (English)
The FTA between the EU and Colombia/Peru (English)
The EU-India FTA: a threat to basic human rights (English)
Financial services liberalisation in EU trade agenda (English)
The impact of EU trade Policy on labour standards (English)
Influencing Trade policy: an uphill struggle (English, Arabic)
Investment protection as a common EU competence: a new threat to sustainable development (English, Arabic)
EU trade and investment policies: a new resource grab? (English)
Trading away Public Services? (English)
News from the movements
24-Aug-2016 Deutsche WelleHundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to take to the streets in several German cities to rally against plans to move forward with two key international trade agreements - one year after a similar protest managed to attract similar numbers.
23-Aug-2016 APRNNeither the TPP nor the RCEP, neither the US nor China and their corporations will ever address the long-standing people’s aspiration for an international trading system that responds to their needs.
23-Aug-2016 ScoopCivil society groups, trade unions, church groups, environmentalists, gender activists and many more are calling for Ministers to make no decision on PACER-Plus — a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands — until there has been a proper social impact assessment and mandate from the Pacific people who are most likely to be affected.
22-Aug-2016 Radio New ZealandA meeting on Pacific labour mobility under the PACER Plus trade deal has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour.
Avec de nouveaux accords commerciaux, le vol organisé par les multinationales est légalisé et les semences paysannes deviennent illégalesDe nouveaux accords de libre-échange légalisent le vol organisé par les grandes entreprises et mettent en péril la possibilité pour les agriculteurs de conserver, produire et échanger des semences.
22-Aug-2016 El PaísEl secretario de Relaciones Internacionales del Pit-Cnt, Fernando Gambera, afirmó tras participar del XVI Foro Social Mundial realizado en Montreal (Canadá) que los Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) son una preocupación para todas las centrales sindicales porque "apuntan a degradar las conquistas de los trabajadores".
22-Aug-2016 Premium TimesSocial Action has asked the federal government to not to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. Ghana and Ivory Coast have also resisted the EPA
18-Aug-2016 ALAIEl poder corporativo transnacional tiende a fortalecerse por medio del impulso de diversos tratados o de inversiones, que se orientan a profundizar la desregulación de los grandes capitales, y que constituyen verdaderos candados jurídicos a políticas reformistas orientadas al bien común.
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