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Irish focus as EU’s Hogan opens China investment talks
Later this week negotiations for a comprehensive agreement on investment between the EU and mainland China will be held in Brussels.
How ISDS corporate privileges risk to undermine community struggles
Inspiring people fought toxic gold mines, dirty oil drilling and greedy luxury real estate projects. Now, costly investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) lawsuits risk to reverse their community victories.
EU chief warns UK must compromise to get Brexit trade deal
The UK won’t get the “highest quality access” to the European Union’s market after Brexit unless it makes major concessions, warns the president of the European Commission.
The EU plurilateral draft termination agreement for all intra-EU BITs: An end of the post-Achmea saga and the beginning of a new one
This termination agreement marks the culmination of the European Commission’s and several Member States’ efforts to abolish intra-EU investment arbitration proceedings from the European legal order.
Intra-EU investment reform: What options for the Energy Charter Treaty?
The leaked treaty for the termination of intra-EU BITs can be seen as the culmination of an ongoing effort by the EU Commission to discourage investment arbitration between Member States, reflecting a tension between public international law and EU law.
Boris Johnson to tell EU he wants a quick free trade deal
Johnson isn’t interested in aligning to EU rules but an agreement on this schedule may require compromises.
India faces a year of tough trade negotiations
After walking out of negotiations on the 16-nation RCEP free trade agreement, the government said it would renegotiate its existing FTA and redouble its efforts to conclude other trade negotiations.
EU crisis: Austria rejects major trade deal in huge blow for Brussels
Austria has thrown the European Union’s decades-long Mercosur trade talks into disarray after the country’s new government will not support the pact in its current form.
Brexit: Johnson to open trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
Boris Johnson is expected to open talks on the country’s post-Brexit trade deal with the new president of the European commission when she visits Downing Street.
The European Commission is urging Canada to adopt stricter piracy rules
Canada’s intellectual protection rights system was also slammed for being too clement.
India speeding up FTA talks with Switzerland, Norway, Iceland
India is making efforts to speed up free trade negotiations with the EFTA countries comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Leichtenstein in parallel with its discussions with the European Union on a similar pact.
’When two elephants fight’: EU, Indonesia tussle over resources
As disputes over palm oil and nickel head to World Trade Organization, affected residents say they feel trapped.
Emission intensity of Irish beef vs. Brazilian beef outlined by MEP
The high emission intensity of beef production in the Mercosur countries can reach levels that are more than double the emission intensity of Irish beef.
China calls for opening free trade talks with the EU
Chinese foreign affairs minister Wang Yi called for the launch of free trade talks with the EU, in parallel with ongoing negotiations on an investment deal.
US may boost tariffs on EU goods, wants lower trade deficit-Lighthizer
Lighthizer also said that a US-UK trade deal is a priority for Washington and negotiations will be launched as soon as Britain is in a position to do so.
Is there an EU-ASEAN trade deal on the horizon?
the EU will no doubt push for FTAs with further ASEAN states. But with each bilateral trade agreement, the need for a regional agreement recedes. As each nation opens up to tariff-free trade with the EU, the need for an overarching regional FTA diminishes.
Indonesia warns on EU trade deal, dairy imports amid palm oil spat
Indonesia is prepared to walk away from talks on a free trade deal with the European Union over the bloc’s stance on palm oil, while also launching a probe into subsidies on dairy imports from the EU.
Johnson uses threat of Brexit cliff-edge to demand EU trade deal by end of 2020
The EU hopes to start trade talks with Britain by March, leaving just 10 months to strike a deal and get it approved by London and the EU, including member states’ parliaments.
Beyond repair? The Energy Charter Treaty
An obscure investment agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty, threatens to undermine bold climate action to transform Europe’s energy system.