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Sustainable trade? Testing the EU-Indonesia free trade agreement
The agreement scores only 4.5 out of 20 points on a sustainability check of the draft texts - a clear fail.
China Belt and Road scheme brings warnings from scientists and environmentalists
Scientists and environmentalists are warning that China’s vast “Silk Road” global infrastructure initiative could cause permanent environmental damage unless it’s carefully handled.
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition.
Results of Gabriel’s lawsuit against Romania may be known late 2019
Gabriel Resources will have to wait until late 2019 to find out whether Romania will have to pay it $4.4 billion in alleged losses related to the company’s Rosia Montana gold and silver project.
A globalisation for people, not business
Globalisation is in crisis because of its almost totalitarian outreach to all areas of everyday life. People feel a loss of control, because their way of life is perceived as subject to trade requests solely for the benefit of globally acting firms.
Legitimising an unsustainable approach to trade
Simply throwing labour (or the environment, or sustainable development) objectives into the FTA mix adds a facade of legitimacy to the process of “deep integration” of neoliberal economic polices which are inherently antagonistic to these objectives.
NAFTA talks have ignored environmental concerns
NAFTA 2.0 could increase pollution that threatens our communities.
Federal Court ruling sparks renewed criticism of NAFTA investor-state dispute resolution
A Federal Court ruling in favour of an American company that is seeking millions in damages from Canada has prompted environmental groups to renew their calls for Ottawa to push to scrap the NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state dispute resolution system during the ongoing free trade renegotiations with the United States and Mexico.
NAFTA ruling on quarry worries experts
Environmental law experts are concerned about the broader implications of a recent federal court dismissal of Canada’s application to overturn a NAFTA tribunal ruling.
Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry
New Jersey company behind quarry proposal in Digby Neck claims damages of $443M US in lost profits.
Cruising around investment cases against the Caribbean islands
Since 1973, the sovereign islands of the Caribbean Sea, have concluded over 140 international investment agreements. The ICSID Convention is in force in all islands except Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic.
Setting course for sustainable trade – a new trade agenda that serves people and the environment
We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes.
EU wants legal assurance Britain won’t lower environmental standards after Brexit
The European Union wants Britain to promise not to lower its environmental protection standards after it leaves the EU, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.
How free trade hypocrisies are hurting our world
Rich countries have made our current trade rules and made sure that these rules suit their needs, providing few means for people in poor countries to protect themselves from aggressive export policies.
Case studies demonstrate EU member state protections threatened by CETA
Regulating in the public interest at risk if Member States ratify Canada-EU trade deal
New ECJ ruling could spell the end of 200 intra-EU investment agreements and would be a big win for environmental protection in Europe
ISDS is not only an unwelcome tool that allows multinational corporations to put pressure on public interest decision-making, it is also incompatible with EU law.
Malmström issues plan to improve implementation of sustainability chapters in EU trade deals
The EU’s top trade official released a plan examining how the bloc can make sure the sustainable development chapters in its trade deals can be applied more effectively.
Belt and Road road corridors put half of Myanmar’s population at risk
The Belt and Road Initiative puts Myanmar’s natural capital and the lives and livelihoods of 24 million people - half of the country’s population - at risk, according to a report from World Wide Fund for Nature in Myanmar.
The EU - Indonesia CEPA negotiations
We call on the EU and Indonesia to use the CEPA negotiations to design an investment chapter that prioritises equitable and sustainable development.
Golf lawsuit threatens to shut down Friends of the Earth Croatia
In September 2017, the investor filed a €500 million ISDS claim against the Republic of Croatia at an arbitration tribunal because the "state [had taken] away their development licences"