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What Indonesia’s palm oil is losing in Swiss trade deal
If Indonesia only focuses on the formal process in palm oil international trade, it may still lose the battle of public opinion that may risk its markets and consumers worldwide.
No more free rides in free trade deals
The Swiss narrowly voted in favour of a free trade deal with Indonesia on Sunday. Will future agreements also have to win popular support?
Swiss free trade deal with Indonesia narrowly survives referendum
Voters in Switzerland have given the green light to a free trade deal with Indonesia with a small majority of 51.6%.
Palm oil row fuels Swiss vote on Indonesia trade deal
Switzerland votes Sunday on a free trade deal with Indonesia but the agreement, which opens up a vast potential market, could slip up over the issue of palm oil imports.
Palm oil in focus as Swiss vote on trade pact with Indonesia
Swiss voters will decide on a free trade agreement with Indonesia on Sunday, with lower tariffs on palm oil imports the main issue in what the polls predict will be a tight referendum.
Switzerland commits $65 million in development aid to Indonesia
The Swiss government has allocated grant funding of $65 million over a period of four years to the island nation, in order to promote inclusive and sustainable development.
The Swiss Farmers’ Union: Sustainability reduced to absurdity
The FTA with Indonesia showcases a supposed sustainability, but it is only a large-scale scam.
PBI-Switzerland notes referendum on free trade deal with Indonesia as Canada launches consultation on similar agreement
Human rights defenders on the ground have been drawing attention for many years to the negative consequences of palm oil cultivation for small farmers, indigenous people and the environment.
Switzerland plans to start talks with Moldova on creation of free trade zone
Switzerland intends to begin negotiations with Moldova this year on the creation of a free trade deal.
Dispute over palm oil: Agreement with Indonesia breaks new ground
Only implementation can show what the palm oil agreement with Indonesia is worth, says trade expert Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi.
Rights activists want Swiss-Chinese trade deal to be overhauled
Campaigners are urging the Swiss government to renegotiate a six-year-old free trade agreement with China to try to improve human rights and labour conditions for its Uighur Muslim minority.
No more EFTA power play against the South!
Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway are undermining farmers’ rights to seeds in the countries of the global South
Swiss supermarkets ban produce from occupied Western Sahara
The Swiss Federal Council stated on several occasions that it did not consider its free trade agreement with Morocco to apply to the large part of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan occupation.
Swiss ‘Stop Palm Oil’ plea ready for referendum consideration
Activists in Switzerland are calling for a ‘Stop Palm Oil’ referendum opposing the Swiss free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia. They submitted thousands of signed petitions to the Federal Chancellery in Bern on Monday.
Switzerland — UK to negotiate a bilateral financial services agreement
Cross-border financial services trade between the UK and Switzerland is set to become easier, thanks to a commitment signed June 30.
Call to action! Stop EFTA countries to undermine farmers’ rights to seed in free trade agreements
Sign-on the letter for organisations.
Swiss communists support “STOP Palm Oil” referendum against the FTA with Indonesia
The Swiss parliament ratified a Free Trade Agreement between the European Free Trade Association and Indonesia, allegedly without addressing the environmental concerns regarding Indonesian palm oil production.
Signing of Switzerland-Turkey trade deal put on pause
The Swiss government has delayed fully signing off on the expanded free-trade deal between EFTA and Turkey amid concern about human rights abuses.
Swiss Economics Minister wants to move US trade deal forward
Talks with US President Donald Trump were useful, says Swiss Economics Minister Guy Parmelin, who is cautiously optimistic about moving trade negotiations forward.
Blueprint for a human rights impact assessment of the planned comprehensive free trade agreement between EFTA and Mercosur
This study assesses the impact of the EFTA-Mercosur free trade agreement on access to medicines, indigenous rights and women rights.