Negotiations

The EU claims that TTIP won’t reduce EU food safety standards – but is this true?

21-Apr-2015ChemTrust The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues in food in the EU in the future.

  • 21-Apr-2015 EurActiv
    Parliament’s opposition to TTIP arbitration on the rise
    Half of the European Parliament’s committees have rejected the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, casting doubt over the trade deal’s prospects of to passing through Parliament.
  • 21-Apr-2015 EurActiv
    Parliament’s opposition to TTIP arbitration on the rise
    Half of the European Parliament’s committees have rejected the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, casting doubt over the trade deal’s prospects of to passing through Parliament.
  • 21-Apr-2015 Xinhua
    China ’uncomfortable’ with US negative list for investment treaty talks
    The US government has outlined key infrastructure, important technology and national security into its negative list where Chinese investment would not be not allowed under the proposed US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
  • 21-Apr-2015 Xinhua
    China ’uncomfortable’ with US negative list for investment treaty talks
    The US government has outlined key infrastructure, important technology and national security into its negative list where Chinese investment would not be not allowed under the proposed US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
  • 21-Apr-2015 Bloomberg
    US-Japan fail to seal trade agreement before Abe US trip
    US and Japanese officials failed to reach agreement in marathon trade talks in Tokyo, a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hopes of arriving for a summit in Washington next week with a pact in hand.
  • 21-Apr-2015 Bloomberg
    US-Japan fail to seal trade agreement before Abe US trip
    US and Japanese officials failed to reach agreement in marathon trade talks in Tokyo, a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hopes of arriving for a summit in Washington next week with a pact in hand.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Corporate Europe Observatory
    Fuite TTIP/TAFTA: La proposition de l’UE est une menace pour les valeurs démocratiques
    Selon une nouvelle fuite de la proposition de la Commission Européenne pour les négotiations du partenariat de commerce et d’investissement transatlantique entre l’UE et les Etats-Unis (TTIP), les initiatives législatives des Etats membres de l’UE devront être examinées minutieusement pour leurs impacts potentiels sur les intérêts des entreprises privées.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Corporate Europe Observatory
    Fuite TTIP/TAFTA: La proposition de l’UE est une menace pour les valeurs démocratiques
    Selon une nouvelle fuite de la proposition de la Commission Européenne pour les négotiations du partenariat de commerce et d’investissement transatlantique entre l’UE et les Etats-Unis (TTIP), les initiatives législatives des Etats membres de l’UE devront être examinées minutieusement pour leurs impacts potentiels sur les intérêts des entreprises privées.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Xinhua
    China, US to exchange negative lists of investment treaty talks
    China and the United States are expected to exchange negative lists of bilateral investment treaty (BIT) "this month or next month," which could pave the way for substantial achievement on the negotiations in this regard in September, China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said Friday.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Xinhua
    China, US to exchange negative lists of investment treaty talks
    China and the United States are expected to exchange negative lists of bilateral investment treaty (BIT) "this month or next month," which could pave the way for substantial achievement on the negotiations in this regard in September, China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said Friday.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Reuters
    Indonesia to push for free trade pacts with South Korea, EEA
    Indonesia will aggressively pursue talks on free trade agreements with countries such as South Korea and the three European Economic Area (EEA) nations, in its latest move to boost exports, a government official said on Monday.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Reuters
    Indonesia to push for free trade pacts with South Korea, EEA
    Indonesia will aggressively pursue talks on free trade agreements with countries such as South Korea and the three European Economic Area (EEA) nations, in its latest move to boost exports, a government official said on Monday.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Colombo Page
    Sri Lanka, Japan to link FTA this year
    Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement in 2015, the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Co-operation Committee has announced.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Colombo Page
    Sri Lanka, Japan to link FTA this year
    Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement in 2015, the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Co-operation Committee has announced.
  • 20-Apr-2015 GRAIN
    Le libre-échange et l’épidémie de malbouffe au Mexique
    Les sociétés alimentaires inondent et s’emparent des canaux traditionnels de distribution et remplacent les aliments locaux avec des aliments transformés, grâce aux accords de libre-échange et d’investissement.
  • 20-Apr-2015 GRAIN
    Le libre-échange et l’épidémie de malbouffe au Mexique
    Les sociétés alimentaires inondent et s’emparent des canaux traditionnels de distribution et remplacent les aliments locaux avec des aliments transformés, grâce aux accords de libre-échange et d’investissement.
  • 17-Apr-2015 rabble
    Harper and Modi announce a Canada-India ’free trade’ agreement by September
    Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by September, it was announced during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ottawa this week.
  • 17-Apr-2015 rabble
    Harper and Modi announce a Canada-India ’free trade’ agreement by September
    Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by September, it was announced during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ottawa this week.
  • 17-Apr-2015 Business Day
    Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
    A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
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  • 17-Apr-2015 Business Day
    Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
    A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
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Key issues

Canada’s most sacred cows under attack as TPP takes aim at agriculture

20-Apr-2015 iPoliticsThe Americans have made it clear they have a deal-breaker with Canada — supply management in agriculture, notably dairy and poultry.

Texts of agreements

26-Mar-2015  | TPP - draft investment chapter (2015) Text of 20 Jan 2015 as released by WikiLeaks
24-Mar-2015  | India draft model BIT (2015) Open for comment until 10 April 2015.
10-Mar-2015  | TiSA: EU negotiating mandate (2013) As published by the European Council on 10 March 2015

Comments

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