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Shameless attempt to quietly institutionalise ISDS throughout Europe
A new leak reveals that 5 EU member states are proposing to introduce investor-to-state dispute settlement for all cross-border investments within the EU.
Making the case for a French “agricultural carve out”
We need to reconstruct a law that takes into account the particularities of the agricultures that we want to preserve on the model of cultural exception.
French court rules in favor of Russia’s Roscosmos in Yukos assets seizure case
Russian space agency Roscosmos has won a court action in France concerning $700 million in payments owed to the company, which were seized by French authorities.
France seizes $ 1 billion in Russian state assets
France has seized $700 million in Russian state assets at the initiative of former Yukos shareholders.
France seeks guarantees for national sovereignty in adoption of TTIP
Paris has argued that the transatlantic trade deal should have to be approved by the EU’s national parliaments before it can take effect, not just the European institutions.
Farmers fear for their future as new TTIP round opens
As negotiators prepare for the 12th round of TTIP talks, the crisis in French agriculture is compounding the sector’s fears over the trade deal.
This secret UK-Eurotunnel tribunal reveals something disturbing about refugees and TTIP
Other infamous examples of ISDS include Philip Morris, the tobacco giant, suing the Australian government for introducing plain cigarette packaging
France’s Veolia files EUR 100 mln arbitration suit against Lithuania
France’s Veolia, which owns district heat supply companies in Lithuania, filed a suit worth a preliminary 100 million euros against Lithuania.
France for resumption of India-EU FTA talks
Outstanding issues include the EU demand for a reduction in the duties on automobiles, wines and spirits, and Indian demand for greater movement of professionals.
Infographie : Tafta ou territoire d’alternatives
Cette infographie anticipe les conséquences du Tafta sur une commune ordinaire et expose un visage alternatif de cette même ville, transformée par ses politiques pionnières de transition sociale et écologique.
French firm attacks Ugandan tax using ISDS
The heavily criticized legal mechanism, known as ISDS, is an important tool for European companies to pressurize developing countries. This year Uganda joins the rank of developing nations asking themselves: “Why have we ever signed this?”
ICSID tribunal renders interim decision on Ecuador’s environmental counterclaim in long-running dispute
Perenco Ecuador Limited (Perenco)—a French-owned oil and gas company—and the Republic of Ecuador have been involved in arbitration since 2008 under the France–Ecuador bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
Small businesses start to campaign against TTIP
Many small businesses are not convinced by the benefits of TTIP. Some of them have started to campaign, which for time-pressed small businesses, is quite a big thing.
Member states give Commission green light to go ahead with second tariff offer in TTIP
Following intensive technical discussions, the trade representatives backed the Commission’s proposal to upgrade from 96% to 97% the EU’s offer on full abolition of tariff lines at the entry into force of the agreement.
French minister: ’TTIP talks are not transparent’
Negotiations for an EU-US free trade agreement "are not transparent" and could end if no progress is made, French trade minister Mathias Fekl said.
Tafta, Pac, crise de l’élevage : « Les revendications de la Fnsea ne sont pas tenables »
Laurent Pinatel, le porte-parole de la Confédération paysanne, défend ses revendications pour sortir les éleveurs de la crise, évidemment différentes de celles du syndicalisme majoritaire
Agriculteurs : les raisons de la colère !
Les agriculteurs se retrouvent pris en étau entre d’une part la baisse des prix payés pour leur production et d’autre part la course au rendement, dans une fuite en avant de la production agricole transformée en agro-industrie.
De l’utilité du vote
Si le respect du suffrage universel ne semble pas être une priorité des dirigeants européens, il est alors légitime de s’inquiéter du sort qui sera réservé au nouveau veau d’or de notre classe dirigeante, le futur traité de libre-échange transatlantique.
La marché du porc : un problème politique européen !
Ce n’est pas au niveau national, table ronde ou pas au ministère de l’Agriculture, que le problème pourra se résoudre.
Crise de l’élevage, crise de modèle
Sous la contrainte de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) et des traités de libre-échange, l’Union européenne a abandonné la régulation de ses productions agricoles et supprimé la préférence communautaire.