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Greenpeace urges Canada to drop trade deal to save the Amazon
An environmental group is pleading with the Canadian government to reject a controversial trade deal it says would further fuel deforestation in the Amazon in a new letter addressed to Canada’s minister of foreign affairs.
How the Mercosur deal’s ethanol boost contradicts EU green promises
While the EU maintains that ethanol has a role to play in Europe’s shift to clean transport, the production of ethanol is damaging the environment and hurting local communities in South America.
New-gen issues in India’s line of sight as it eyes trade deals
As India goes into firming up trade deals with developed nations like Australia, the UK and the regional bloc, and the EU, it will have to be well prepared to negotiate on new-generation issues, such as data protection regulation, e-commerce, and environment.
The EU’s path to trade sustainability
As public support for EU free trade deals is waning, civil society groups are hoping to help tighten the bloc’s standards on trade sustainability as part of an ongoing consultation.
UK trade deals should prioritise economic growth over environmental protections - leaked govt document
The document says it can be very difficult to trade with some countries that do not necessarily support saving the environment but the government says ministers are not considering the advice.
Colombia: Environmental defenders criticise ISDS tribunal decision favouring Canadian mining giant
While the tribunal has yet to make a decision about compensation to be paid, Eco Oro Minerals is claiming nearly $700 USD million.
The false hopes and empty promises of investment treaty modernization
A Canadian company’s successful challenge to a precautionary mining ban in Colombia shows how little investor–state dispute panels care about the right to regulate.
Why a hasty trade deal may not be good for us – or for the environment
What precedent might be set by the new Australia trade deal and what could it tell us about the future for UK environmental standards?
Deep-sea salvage firm uses NAFTA to fight Mexican environmental rules
A lawsuit filed against the Mexican government for denying a permit for seabed mining has put a spotlight on the lack of international rules for such practices.
Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements
Human rights experts are particularly concerned about the asymmetric nature of the system and a lack of investors’ human rights obligations. Together with high ISDS costs and arbitral awards, they undermine states’ ability to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
Corporate courts vs the environment
Corporate courts were invented to protect the West’s control of the world against decolonisation. They are now undermining attempts to halt climate change.
Brexit: Australia trade deal may lead to deal with South America, where intensive farming destroys rainforests
‘Any policy allowing imports that do not match UK animal welfare policies simply props up an industry the public has firmly rejected,’ says critic.
Ancient Romanian gold mine given UNESCO protection
The derailment of the plans led Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources to sue the Romanian government for $5.7 billion before the Washington-based ICSID.
Romania mining town Rosia Montana eyes UNESCO restart
Meanwhile, Gabriel Resources has taken Romania before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, seeking $4.4 billion (3.7 billion euros) in damages.
Ecuador to seek ’payment plan’ for award to French oil company
Ecuador has 60 days to make the payment and has already contacted Perenco to start negotiations. In 2020, the country inked a $6.5 billion emergency deal with the IMF.
Ecuadorean state should pay $412 million to Perenco after losing legal dispute
The Ecuadorean country will have to face a millionaire sum for Perenco oil company after a ruling by a panel formed under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
US, Canada, Mexico hold ’robust’ trade deal talks, downplay differences
Trade ministers held "robust" talks on the new North American trade deal and pledged to fully enforce its higher standards, while downplaying differences over a range of other irritants.
Corporate courts threat to insects
The shadowy parallel court system of major trade agreements makes it difficult for countries to ban broad-spectrum insecticides.
EU exports of banned pesticides fuelling death & destruction in Mercosur
The EU has exported 7000 tonnes of deadly pesticides – banned domestically – to Mercosur countries in 2018-2019, a study published by the Left group in the European Parliament has found.
EU-Mercosur trade agreement: No protection of environment and people without renegotiations
CIDSE, MISEREOR and Greenpeace published a new legal opinion that proves that in order to provide effective protection of human rights and environmental standards, the agreement needs to be renegotiated.