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TTIP Lite, less filling — but tastes great?
US and Italian officials are weighing a deal to lock in elements that can be finalized before Obama leaves office.
Panama Canal expansion yields boatload of legal disputes
Arbitrations will determine responsibility for Panama Canal overruns of $1.6 billion.
Italy to block democratic vote on CETA for 500 million Europeans, according to leaked letter
Italian minister claims credibility of EU as a "reliable trade partner" is at stake.
Tens of thousands protest TTIP in Rome
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the Roman streets to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Italy withdraws from Energy Charter Treaty
The Italian government has recently declared its withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”).
Europe should have FTA with China: Italian official
Italy’s Deputy Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda said he pushed for the start of FTA negotiations with China when he chaired a European trade ministers’ meeting in November in Brussels.
’Plan B’ needed for EU-US trade pact - Italian minister
Italy said on Wednesday there needed to be a "plan B" that foresees a partial EU-US trade deal in order to sidestep deadlock over specific issues.
Italy wants to declassify confidential papers on EU-US trade talks
Italy said on Monday it would push for the publication of confidential papers on controversial free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States, in a bid to increase transparency.
South Africa: Court rules against Italian investors
An international arbitration tribunal in The Hague has dismissed an objection by Italian investors claiming that SA’s black economic empowerment requirements represented expropriation and violated the country’s bilateral investment treaties with Italy and the Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union.
Fiat to benefit from Serbia-Russia free trade deal—Berlusconi
Italian companies with investments in Serbia such as Fiat SpA (F.MI) will benefit from a free trade agreement signed by Russia and Serbia, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday.
Korea, Italy to expedite FTA
The leaders of South Korea and Italy agreed to expedite a free trade agreement between Seoul and the European Union yesterday in a summit in which culture eclipsed politics.
Algeria prevails in dispute with Italian construction firms
In a 12 November 2008 final award, an ICSID tribunal has dismissed all claims by two Italian investors, L.E.S.I S.p.A. and ASTALI S.p.A, in a dispute with the government of Algeria over a failed contract to construct a hydraulic dam.
The story of a Dutch letterbox which could cost Bolivia a fortune
Running their business via a letterbox company in the Netherlands, transnational corporations profit from the corporate-friendly Dutch tax regime and bilateral investment treaties the Netherlands has with third countries. Euro Telecom Italia (ETI), a subsidiary of Italian telecoms giant ENTEL, is one such letterbox company. ETI recently lodged a complaint with the World Bank tribunal ICSID against Bolivia for compensation, after the Bolivian government had launched a review the company’s much-criticised performance and attempted to negotiate a buy back of what used to be a public telecommunications company.
Italy supports Pakistan’s case for FTA with EU
Italy has strongly supported Pakistan’s case for Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union and given assurance to encourage Italian investment in Pakistan.
Italy to tap Korean food markets
The recent free trade agreement between Korea and the US could help uncork one of the hottest markets in an expanding Asian frontier: quality foodstuffs and wine.
Italian lawsuit against SA government reinforces historical injustice
Finstone Ltd SA, a foreign mining company based in Luxembourg, is suing the South African government for an alleged expropriation of its mineral rights. Finstone is a holding company in control of three South African granite producing operations i.e. Marlin, Red Graniti and Kelgran. The real challenge posed by this legal action is that the abovementioned investors find the black economic empowerment programme is in violation of the bilateral treaties signed with South Africa by both Luxembourg and Italy.
Zimbabwe: Government move on Bippas rekindles hope
Government has finished Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (Bippas) negotiations with France, Italy and Indonesia, a move analysts say gives a glimmer of hope to other countries whose nationals lost their agro-ventures during the land reform programme.
Italy claims SA in breach of treaty
The minerals and energy department is engaged in talks with Italian companies operating in SA over possible breaches of the SA-Italy bilateral investment treaty in the implementation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.