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Ukraine, Israel want to expand free trade agreement to cover services
Ukraine and Israel have agreed to start to work on the expansion of the free trade agreement to cover services.
BT Buzz: Why India should not ignore RCEP free trade mega deal
Are mega free trade agreements (FTAs) beneficial for Indian economy? Majority of Indian industry may say no, but a research policy paper attempts to offer a slightly contrarian view
Trade negotiations and the triple trouble for health and the NHS
On Monday, the British parliament will debate whether the NHS should be included in US trade talks. Here’s how to decode the reassuring words we’ll no doubt hear from government.
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.
Malaysia signs Asean trade in services agreement
Malaysia has signed the Asean Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the Asean Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
Negative list makes debut in FTA talks
China used the negative list system for the first time to conduct negotiations on service trade and investment during the second phase of China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement talks.
Trade agreements put our right to water at risk
Trade agreements like the RCEP are designed to make it easier for foreign multinational corporations to invest and do business. In doing so, they put the rights of citizens and workers second to profits.
UK nationalisation: The law and the cost
UK investors could seek to move their investments to jurisdiction such as Singapore and Hong Kong where they can take advantage of investment treaty protection, if a potential new Labour govenment were to nationalise public services.
French firm Suez explores selling off debt claim against Argentina
French waste and water group Suez SA has contacted "specialised funds" about possibly selling its debt claims to Argentina, the group announced.
Arbitration ruling from the ICSID delivered in favor of Sodexo’s benefits and rewards activities in Hungary
Hungarian State has been ordered to pay Sodexo an award of about 73 million euro, before interest.
US companies want Japan trade deal to cover services
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
India to push for better deal with China under RCEP
In services sector, India is pushing for business visitor commitment for smooth movement of professionals, according to the government official.
17th AEC Council meeting held in Singapore
ASEAN Economic Ministers and AEC Ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on e-Commerce, concluded the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and finalised the fourth protocol to amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
Slovakia does not have to compensate the Union private health insurer
The German Supreme Court dismissed the original arbitration decision against Slovakia concerning the ban on health-insurance companies’ profits.
Financial regulation challenged by European trade policy
Trade agreements currently being negotiated or already approved introduce numerous restrictions over the right of states to regulate, especially in the field of financial regulation, and limits their capacity to react to ensure financial stability.
Educators in the EU and Japan demand education be left out of trade agreement
The agreement poses direct threats to the provision of high-quality public services, such as education, in particular through restricting governments’ capacity to regulate in the public interest, encouraging further liberalisation of services and expanding the rights of multinational corporations.
Turkish government taken to international tribunal
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime accused of illegally seizing company assets and breaching investment treaties involving Britain and other EU states.
EU Parliament questions US compliance with data privacy shield, calls for suspension
The European Parliament adopted a resolution to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, saying the US’ compliance efforts to date “fail to provide enough data protection for EU citizens.”
India, Singapore conclude second review of trade pact
While the first review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore was concluded in 2007, the second review was launched in 2010.
India to focus on services trade at RCEP ministers meet in Tokyo
Nations have increasingly got entrenched in their positions over reduction in tariffs and opening of market access.