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Leak shows: Trade treaty TiSA could undermine national data protection regulations
The secretly negotiated trade treaty TiSA — short for “Agreement on Trade in Services” — jeopardizes privacy protection in international data transfers.
Colombian Congress approves FTA with South Korea
The objections to Colombia’s trade deal with Seoul, which should be approved by the Executive, came from both the left-wing and the right-wing opposition, as well as part of the business sector.
Sino-US investment treaty sees major progress
China and the United States are finalizing text checks on a bilateral investment treaty and will formally exchange negative lists at the beginning of next year
Investor-State Dispute Settlement: The TTIP’s Achilles heel?
A high level panel discussion on TTIP organised by BEUC, FOEE and AK Europa (video)
Proposal of new provisions applicable to all services of the secret TISA negotiations
AWP releases a bilingual copy of the Proposal of New Provisions Applicable to All Services and the Annex on Professional Services of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).
Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, civil rights, data security
‘Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data’ Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.
CETA draft: Important positions taken by the French National Assembly also relevant for TTIP/TAFTA and the EPAs
On the 23 November 2014, the French National Assembly adopted a resolution whose importance cannot escape the attention of citizens who are opposed to the EU-Canada, EU-US and similar trade agreements.
China said to signal lifting ban on imports of GMO corn variety
China has told traders and officials that it approved lifting a ban on imports of a genetically-modified corn variety that’s commonly grown in the US as trade talks between the two countries begin today.
TISA negotiations: Yes to e-commerce, data flows, no to IPR, data protection?
After two years of negotiations, the draft Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) stands at 17 horizontal and sector-specific proposals, negotiators told Intellectual Property Watch after the 2-5 December Geneva round of negotiations
New bilateral investment treaties will help India avoid arbitration
Bilateral investment treaties that the government of India will enter into from now on will have a provision preventing foreign investors to drag India to arbitration on any issues that have been settled by a judicial authority.
EU keen to take restart stalled BTIA negotiations with India
Faced with slowdown and recession in some of its key economies, the European Union has approached India for restarting negotiations on the stalled free trade agreement, a top official has said.
EFTA states plan response to TTIP
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries could be faced with important challenges from the proposed European Union-United States free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Swiss Federal Councillor Johan Schneider-Amman has said.
China-Maldives: MSR deal sealed, free trade deal in the making
The Maldives and Chinese government have agreed to start discussions on a free trade agreement.
The TPPA and HIV treatment in Vietnam
Only 30% of Vietnam’s eligible HIV patients would have access to ARVs under the US 2014 TPPA proposals, instead of the 68% receiving treatment today.
US can’t apply ’Buy America’ rule in Canada
Forcing companies to adhere to Washington’s "Buy America" policy outside US borders goes too far, Canadian officials say.
India: New BIT text introduces ‘obligation against graft’
Only genuine foreign investors committed to India’s long-term interests and whose activities in the country are corruption-free can claim protection under the new model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) text, which will soon be placed for Cabinet approval.
Analyst: ISDS model is Australia, not Canada
Gus Van Harten tells EurActiv that the EU should explore the option of an international arbitration court and use Australia, not Canada as a benchmark.
TTIP and the architecture of impunity
The legal principles on which the TTIP is based form part of the legal suit of arms that limits the exercise of democracy and people’sovereignty.
Faroes ready to take on Norway, Iceland, UK with new FTA with Turkey
The Faroe Islands and Turkey have signed a free trade agreement, culminating 15 years of negotiations. The island nation can now compete “on equal terms” with Norway, Scotland (UK) and Iceland to supply seafood to Turkey.