The struggle against free trade has been strategic for social movements, especially La Via Campesina, which has actually built a proposal for food sovereignty to counter the capitalist free trade model for agriculture.
In the process of developing negotiations, there are new policies issued by the two countries, such as the Job Creation Law (Omnibus Law) which was passed by Indonesia in 2020, and the EU New Trade Policy which was issued in February 2021, and these policies seem to have an impact on the IEU CEPA discussion.
Environmental organisations have hailed a court decision that could mean the end of a little-known legal mechanism that poses a massive threat to climate action.
Interview with Lora Verheecke, a researcher specialising in trade and lobbying.
The agreement was concluded between the chief negotiators (foreign or trade ministers) in December 2020 and initialled on 15 April 2021 in Samoa.
More than 50 African groups denounce how the African Union is using the African Continental Free Trade Area as a justification to push the seed harmonisation agenda.
In principle agreement to phase out tariffs on apple and pear exports welcomed by growers in New Zealand.
The European Union could weigh terminating the post-Brexit trade deal if the UK government pulls out of its commitments over Northern Ireland, according to people familiar with the matter.
The European Union has postponed the next round of free trade talks with Australia for a second time, the Australian trade minister said, amid simmering anger over Canberra’s decision to cancel a $40 billion contract with France.
Under the new template, federal government would not be liable for private investor disputes. Mediation would be made compulsory, while foreign arbitrators would be decided in advance through consensus.
Both the sides started formal negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), as the FTA is formally called, in New Delhi from September 23. They aim to wrap up talks by December and sign a deal by March 2022.
For now, New Zealand’s free trade deal with the UK might be about building back butter - but it could end up being more about Beijing.