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South Korea and Russia initiate FTA talks in service and investment sectors
South Korea and Russia initiated the two sides’ FTA negotiations in service and investment in Moscow on June 20.
EU allows Romania to pay EUR 200 mln compensation to Romanian-Swedish investors
The European Court of Justice on June 18 canceled a European Commission decision dating 2015, which established that Romania’s payment of compensation to Romanian-Swedish investors Ioan and Viorel Micula constituted illegal state aid. The European Commission also ordered the Romanian Government to recover the money already paid to the investors following an international court’s decision.
New Dutch model BIT: negotiations to commence soon
The Dutch government has obtained the authorisation required to start renegotiations with eight non-EU countries on its new model bilateral investment treaty and conclude new BITs with two others.
India, Kyrgyzstan have prepared 5 year roadmap to increase bilateral trade: PM Modi
India and Kyrgyztan have given the final shape to the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the bilateral investment treaty.
Hungary appeals Sodexo award with ICSID
Hungary has filed to annul an award of some EUR 73 million, before interest, to French food voucher company Sodexo, granted in an arbitration ruling by the World Bankʼs International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), state news agency MTI reported, citing case information on ICSIDʼs website.
Legitimacy concerns of the proposed multilateral investment court: Is democracy possible?
The EU wants to replace traditional party-appointed arbitrators with a two-tiered investment tribunal system comprised by a roster of members selected by the state parties on the treaty. This essay argues that the creation of the multilateral investment court needs to follow democratic principles in order to be legitimate.
UN study shows more governments rejecting or limiting foreign investor-rights to sue governments (ISDS)
A new study of trade and investment deals concluded in 2018 by UNCTAD shows that most have either omitted ISDS altogether or severely limited its scope, reports AFTINET
China, EU start 21st round of BIT talks
The 21st round of China-European Union bilateral investment treaty (BIT) negotiations kicked off in Beijing Monday, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
Leaked report reveals ‘misfunctioning’ of Energy Charter Treaty amid EU reform calls
A confidential internal report, obtained by EURACTIV, lists the multiple failings of the Energy Charter secretariat, at a time when the treaty is undergoing a major revision process and is being used by Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in a first-time legal proceeding against the EU.
Ecuador and the Netherlands consolidate their commercial relationship
Ecuador and the Netherlands have signed a joint declaration to promote a new bilateral investment agreement that will replace the one that is currently in force and that expires in 2021.
EU needs unified stand to conclude BIT with China
China - EU were committed to achieving "decisive progress" for the conclusion of a China-EU Comprehensive Investment Agreement in 2020 - the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU.
Belgium and Luxembourg model BIT text (2019)
Kenya’s foreign trade disputes costly - experts
Kenya spends at least Sh500 million in defending a single case filed by investors at international courts under the Bilateral Investment Treaties, according to a regional trade negotiation institute.
Angola, South Korea work on investment protection agreement
An agreement on promotion and reciprocal protection of investment between Angola and South Korea is in the pipeline.
Rental power: Government in talks for out-of-court settlement
Pakistan government is reportedly in talks with the Turkish government and M/s Karkey for an out-of-court settlement to avert attachment of Pakistan’s properties in Europe
Pakistan may not have to pay $1b Karkey penalty
The key suspect in the rental power plants case – Laeeq Ahmed Sheikh, who is in National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody, has revealed some astonishing facts.
The African single market takes a step forward as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement becomes a reality
As a second step, negotiators will focus on rules pertaining to intellectual property rights, competition policy and investment, which they aim to finalise by June 2020.
Government concealed failure to cancel the old, worse version of ISDS in new Indonesia trade deal
Detailed scrutiny of the text of the recent Indonesia trade deal has revealed that there are no provisions to cancel the old 1993 Indonesia-Australia bilateral investment agreement.
China, EU aim to conclude comprehensive investment agreement in 2020
China and the European Union (EU) aim to conclude a comprehensive bilateral investment agreement in 2020.
Sweden hopes to increase commercial relationship with Ecuador
The parties expressed their interest in exploring the possibility of initiating negotiations of a bilateral investment agreement.