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TUC General Secretary calls time on ‘zombie trade deals’
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will call time on ‘zombie trade deals’, when she addresses the European Commission Trade Policy Day in Brussels today (Tuesday).
Trade deal warning over EU exit
Norway says TTIP could cause "issues" for UK if it pulls out of EU
TUC’s Owen Tudor: ’We are totally opposed to TTIP’
Shrouded with secrecy and posing a threat to public services, Owen Tudor tells EurActiv why the UK Trade Union Congress doesn’t believe the hype over TTIP, and why exploitation, rather than immigration, should be the cause of people’s concerns.
Resisting the ‘free trade’ offensive: four reasons to join the global day of action this Saturday
This slew of trade deals can be seen as a global corporate offensive – indeed, they are backed by networks of think tanks and lobby groups funded and staffed by some of the world’s most powerful corporations. So to defeat them, we need to coordinate our own actions globally.
India: Govt, legal experts differ on Cairn compensation demand
Cairn Energy Plc’s demand for compensation from India for the Rs 10,200 crore tax notice slapped on Cairn India earlier this month under the ambit of the India-UK Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) has divided those in the government and those outside it.
CBDT on Cairn: Tax matters not covered under UK-India BIT
According to sources ay India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes, tax matters are not covered under UK-India bilateral Investment treaty (BIT).
Cairn Energy seeks compensation from India on tax demand; Cairn India stock gains
Cairn Plc is seeking compensation from the government of India for the steep fall in the value of its shares in Vedanta-controlled Cairn India, which it is not allowed to sell until it settles a controversial retrospective tax demand of $1.60 billion, under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty.
UK: MPs denounce government TTIP plans amid fears for NHS and public services
A future government must be allowed to expand the NHS without facing legal challenge under a proposed new EU-US trade deal, according to a sharply critical report from an all-party committee of MPs.
TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs
A major free trade deal should not allow US companies to sue European nations when they pass environmental laws that hurt their profits, MPs in the UK said on Tuesday.
How Jack Straw lobbied Ukrainian PM and European Commission on behalf of sugar firm
According to The Telegraph, former UK foreign secretary Jack Straw lobbied the Ukrainian goverment - using the proposed EU FTA as a carrot - to get it to change a domestic law in favour of a UK company’s interests.
UK aims to pass law to ban branding on cigarette packs before May
Cigarette sales have dropped in Australia since plain packaging was introduced on Dec. 1, 2012, prompting Britain to act before its national election in May even as Australia battles international legal challenges from other countries and manufacturers.
Why UK parliament should scrutinise the UK-Ethiopia bilateral investment treaty (BIT)
If TTIP is bad, the UK-Ethiopia BIT is worse, says Lorenzo Cotula of IIED
Government urged to protect interests of UK poultry farmers
The competitiveness of UK poultry producers is at risk if the EU-US trade negotiations proceed on the basis that products are of an ’equivalent’ standard.
Cornish pasty ’at risk’ from EU-US trade deal
The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could mean that the EU may not be able to uphold laws that protect regional foods
Europe’s business community’s "clarion call" for vital EU-US trade deal
"TTIP could be worth up to €120bn to the EU every year" claims Confederation of British Industry as it hosts a business lobby meeting to trumpet for an EU-US trade treaty.
“No TTIP” Christmas card submitted by singing Santas on behalf of one million
Campaigners dressed as Santa Claus presented an over-sized Christmas card to the UK government on behalf of the million people across Europe who had signed a petition calling for the end of controversial trade deals being pushed through between the EU and North America.
WSC UK threaten legal action against UK government
Western Sahara Campaign UK is threatening legal action against the British government for treating imported products originating in Western Sahara as Moroccan for the purposes of the EU–Morocco Association Agreement.
‘TTIP would destroy small businesses’
The UK PM promises to launch what he calls ‘rocket boosters’ under a new deal between the EU and America. Not everyone is convinced about this. Nick Dearden joins RTUK for more.
Cameron pledges support for EU-US trade deal and vows to fight unions over it
UK David Cameron has pledged to put "rocket boosters" behind plans for an EU-US free trade deal and vowed to fight some of those who are against it.
Argentina strikes out in bid to undo $185M BG Group award
The Supreme Court on Monday shunned the republic’s latest appeal in a decade-long battle with BG Group plc, a British energy company that won a $185 million arbitration ruling against Argentina under a bilateral investment treaty.