Politicians in both Brussels and Westminster have taken great pains to try and brush off people’s many concerns about the toxic trade deal being pushed through by the EU and the United States.
This September 11th will be the forty-second anniversary of the US-backed coup against the democratically-elected Chilean government. Salvador Allende warned against neoliberalism’s disastrous effects just before he was overthrown. He was right to be worried.
The parliamentary representatives expressed concerns about limitations with regard to the current mechanisms to allow for access for members of national parliaments.
The government has a number of options to get the contentious China Australia Free Trade Agreement over the line.
The outcome of such a process, based on what we know so far, is what one might reasonably expect: “a wishlist of the 1%–a worldwide corporate power”.
The EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström promised another offensive on TTIP transparency. Unfortunately, most politicians in the European parliament are as much in the dark as ordinary citizens.
Si le respect du suffrage universel ne semble pas être une priorité des dirigeants européens, il est alors légitime de s’inquiéter du sort qui sera réservé au nouveau veau d’or de notre classe dirigeante, le futur traité de libre-échange transatlantique.
TPP would violate the right of US states to protection from suit for patent, trademark or copyright infringement
Gus Van Harten, author of ’Sold Down the Yangtze,’ breaks down the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement’s impacts.
The Malaysian government must scrap certification from the TPPA as it allows the US president to unilaterally amend FTAs for US interests, says Charles Santiago
The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), which the Harper government signed into effect without parliamentary debate, "means that any B.C. government or legislature or courts would now be subject to obligations arranged by the federal government and China under the treaty," says Osgoode Law School professor Gus Van Harten.
Whatever the outcome of the independence referendum on 18 September, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could force Scotland to adopt a system that allows US multinationals to provide public services.
European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht has said that the national parliaments of the 28 EU member states will “very likely” need to ratify the future EU-US free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated.
A high-profile campaign by opponents to ISDS could complicate TTIP talks long after the listening period in Europe ends.
The European Parliament has called for a suspension of agreements with the US on sharing of private data in response to the revelations of wide-scale communications surveillance by the US National Security Agency. The resolution also threatens to suspend EU talks on a bilateral trade deal if the mass surveillance does not stop
The US is using transatlantic trade negotiations to push for a fundamental change in the way business regulations are drafted in the EU to allow business groups greater input earlier in the process.
The US/EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is intended to set global trade rules, bypassing the World Trade Organisation which has up to now allowed developing countries to resist such an agreement.
It has finally been revealed in Korea that the biggest reason that the implementation of the low-carbon vehicle incentive system has been delayed to 2015 was the South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). Concerns that the KORUS FTA would endanger not only legal but also legislative sovereignty and jeopardize Korea’s ability to create and enforce public policies are being realized.