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Many CPTPP members believe that the UK government has under-estimated the scale of the challenge of acceding to the 11-nation bloc. Discussions have also revealed problems with the scale of the UK market access offers.
The trade agreement disempowers the European Parliament and strengthens the influence of corporations.
The Canadian agriculture sector wants the federal government to make progress on removing technical barriers, five years after the deal was signed.
Over the past 40 years, the study underscores that the largest agrochemical firms have used intellectual property laws, mergers and new technologies to take control of the seed sector.
Australia’s agricultural sector would be the big winner of a new free trade deal with the UK, the chief negotiator has declared.
As part of free trade negotiations with Thailand, EFTA will most likely demand clauses that oblige the Asian country to introduce strict plant variety protection regulations that are in line with UPOV 91
Within the trade pillar, it seems very likely that discussions on agriculture will focus on market access and the non-tariff issues, such as Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
Every year, on 10 September, all the members and allies of La Via Campesina mobilize against the destructive policies that are forced upon the small-scale food producers through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.
"It is by no means a done deal ... there’s going to be a huge diplomatic effort to push this across the line," - NZ’s chief EU trade negotiator Vangelis Vitalis.
The multinational pork giant Smithfield, now owned by a Chinese firm, took advantage of trade, investment, labor, environmental, and immigration policies, after NAFTA, to expand its low-wage factory farming model on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
This was the first time the EU triggered a bilateral dispute settlement mechanism under one of its EPAs – and as such, the EU challenged the legal basis and compliance of the measure with the EU-SADC EPA on a number of grounds.
A newly published report has outlined several recommendations for a safe trade deal with India, which it says if rushed could threatened UK pesticide standards and farming.
Statement of the Mexican, European and international civil society, 4 July 2022
Close to 90 NGOs and farmers’ organisations from Indonesia, the EU and around the world sent open letters to the EU Commission and the Indonesian government today, calling on them to refrain from any clause that restrict farmers’ rights in a future free trade agreement.
ECVC is heavily critical of the lack of ambition shown by the European Commission to tackle only future free trade agreements, meaning the pre-existing FTAs can continue their environmental and social devastation.
India is inking a series of Free Trade Agreements but there is criticism from various quarters about it. All India Kisan Sabha Joint Secretary Vijoo Krishnan spoke about what is wrong with FTAs and where the government is erring.
The only thing standing in the way of an agreement being reached is whether the EU is prepared to offer NZ what is described as ‘meaningful and commercially viable’ quotas for sheep meat and beef.
New Zealand is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, and cheese makers are worried they’re about to be caught in the crossfire.
New Zealand red meat sector leaders head to Brussels this week as negotiations between the European Union and New Zealand for a Free Trade Agreement enter a critical stage.
There is a grave misalignment between how the European Union conducts agricultural policy within and outside its borders. This is particularly evident in its trade relations with Latin America.