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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"
Environmental groups in court to intervene in NAFTA tribunal overstep
Environmental groups in court to intervene in NAFTA tribunal overstep NAFTA tribunal exceeded its jurisdiction when it made determination on what a Canadian environmental assessment panel can decide, groups say.
Canada begins court fight to overturn NAFTA ruling on Digby quarry
Ruling found that New Jersey company was wrongly prevented from opening quarry and terminal.
Total evicts people from their land in Uganda
The French oil company Total evicts people from their land in Uganda to make room for an oil processing facility.
Joint statement by European NGOs: No EU trade agreement with Mexico without ex-ante sustainability impact assessment!
Given the catastrophic human rights situation, enormous social inequality and persistently high levels of poverty in Mexico the question of the social, human rights and environmental impact of the "modernization" of the EU-Mexico Trade Agreement is of paramount importance.
Gove: UK would not compromise with US on food standards
Environment secretary sets up possible clash in future US trade talks over retaining EU regulations post-Brexit.
EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate
The emphasis on production and international consumption could greatly increase the need for agricultural land in Latin America, and result in a major increase in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, and Argentine Chaco.
EU-Mercosur FTA: draft chapters (July 2017)
8 draft chapters, as leaked by Greenpeace
EU-Mercosur FTA: An assessment of the trade and sustainable development chapter
Many serious environmental concerns are not addressed at all.
The Renco Group, Inc. v. Republic of Peru: An assessment of the investor’s contentions in the context of environmental degradation
On July 2016, a Partial Award dismissed the Renco Group Inc. v. The Republic of Peru case, indicating, however, that a new arbitration claim could be pursued against the State.
Calls grow for ‘green clause’ in EU trade deals
There is widespread consensus on the need to level the playing field for European companies confronted with environmental and social dumping from foreign competitors. Just how hard the EU should hit on wrongdoers remains a major sticking point, however.
Sacrificing South America’s forests on the altar of EU market access
By making this concession on beef, the EU is putting trade and consumption above its commitments to halt deforestation.
Environmental gems in trade agreements
Little-known clauses for progressive trade agreements
A Nafta battleground on the shores of Canada
This far-flung peninsula in the North Atlantic seems an unlikely place for an international trade dispute. But an American company’s scuttled plans to build a quarry here have turned these quiet fishing grounds into a case study.
The environment in Canadian trade agreements
Since NAFTA, Canada and the US have included the largest number, worldwide, of environmental clauses in their trade agreements.