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2015 can be a ‘game-changer’ for BIMSTEC
Bangladesh hopes that the much-expected BIMSTEC FTA (between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand) will be finalised this year.
Are states sovereign?
A trade treaty known as the TTIP is being negotiated between the US and Europe. From what I have been able to find out about this treaty, it will, among other things, limit the capacity of states to draft environmental, health or labour norms which adversely impact big corporations
India, US agree to restart talks on bilateral investment treaty
India and the US have reaffirmed commitment to the long-pending Bilateral Investment Treaty with PM Modi conveying to secretary of state John Kerry that New Delhi was prepared to hold early talks for the same.
NAFTA scrutiny of oilsands tailings ponds opposed by Canada
Canada is trying to stop NAFTA’s environmental watchdog from taking a closer look at the environmental effects of the huge tailings ponds produced by Alberta’s oilsands, and it appears Mexico and the US will go along with efforts to stop a formal investigation.
Food issues will not block EU-US trade deal: German minister
Germany’s farm minister Christian Schmidt says the United States is likely to back down on its opposition to the compulsory labeling of products containing or fed by GMOs.
European Parliament working document in view of preparing a draft report on the Parliament’s recommendations on TTIP
An assessment of the main results of the negotiations after approximately 1.5 years of discussions, expressing the EP’s views on the main issues of a potential TTIP agreement.
Chile interested in free trade agreement with PH—Domingo
A Chilean delegation is set to arrive in March and may initiate talks for a bilateral free trade agreement with the Philippines, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said over the weekend.
Debt: Yesterday Latin America, today Europe
Today’s crisis relates neither to trade nor the production of goods and services. It is the banks and the financial sector that are in crisis.
Regional agreements gaining steam
While bilateral free trade agreements, as a means to further the market-opening and rule-making agenda, have been globally picking up steam, there have also been parallel efforts to usher in a plethora of regional trade agreements and economic unions.
US free trade critics, supporters kick off battle for public opinion
Supporters and critics of free trade are readying for a bitter battle this year over major free trade deals and legislation to fast-track trade agreements through the US Congress.
Lowest common denominator: EU-US trade deal threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides
A new analysis exposes how the American and European pesticide industry is using ongoing EU-US trade negotiations to lower human health and environmental standards in order to increase trade in toxic pesticides.
Lifting of US beef ban ’not a TTIP trade off’, EU says
The United States’ decision to lift its long-standing ban on EU beef imports is not a trade-off as part of the ongoing transatlantic free-trade talks, the European Commission has said.
International treaties that loom against the rights of the working class (I): TTIP
The context of negotiations, the origins of the TTIP and its new model of labor relations.
China FTA
If any further proof were required that too much emotion in our relationship with Beijing is harmful to our interests, the disclosures from the ongoing review of Pakistan’s Free Trade Agreement with China ought to be sufficient.
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft provisions on competition (March 2014)
Published by the European Commission
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft on technical barriers to trade (TBT) (March 2014)
As published by the European Commission
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft on small and medium-sized enterprises(May 2014)
As published by the European Commission
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) (September 2015)
Published by the European Commission