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Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal
The European Commission’s decision to block a citizens’ initiative to challenge the secret trade talks it is holding with the US government is a slap in the face for the 230 civil society organisations that have lined up behind the initiative and the millions of European citizens they represent.
Harper OKs Canada-China foreign investment deal after lengthy delay
Sources tell CBC the federal government will quietly announce it is ratifying the investment treaty later this afternoon.
How Greens in one German state threaten Euro-Canada trade deal
The survival of the new trade deal hammered out in secret between Canada and the European Union is threatened by opposed Green politicians in Germany’s most populated state, writes Andrea Rexer.
Bilateral Investment Treaties: What they are and why they matter
The US-China Business Council, a corporate lobby group, outlines what a US-China BIT might amount to.
EU Commission wants to wipe out citizens’ involvement in TTIP and CETA
European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP rejected / Alliance announces resistance
Businesses believe APEC’s free trade agreement will bring few benefits
The proposed APEC free trade agreement (FTAAP) is expected to be on a larger scale than the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, but many Vietnamese businesses are not enthusiastic about the trade pact.
US trade chief eyes bilateral ministerial TPP talks in weeks
US trade chief Michael Froman plans to hold meetings with his counterparts from countries involved in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative in the coming weeks, his office said Wednesday.
EU-Canada trade deal ’a threat to democracy’
Campaigners urge British government to amend ‘secret agreement’ that would allow Canadian companies new powers over government decisions
EU seeks compromise with Russia over Ukraine free-trade pact
Moscow is believed to be willing to accept Ukraine’s broad political and trade accord with the European Union under certain conditions, officials say.
India to start trade agreement talks with Peru
India will start negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru to boost bilateral relations and to expand its trade and investment ties, especially in the defence sector with the Latin American region.
‘India willing to go ahead with free trade pact with EU’
India on Wednesday said it is willing to go in for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union but wants the 27-member bloc to address the issues flagged by New Delhi.
550+ US groups reject fast-track trade promotion authority
Nearly 600 US organizations led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen sent a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) firmly rejecting fast-track trade promotion authority and calling for a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements.
Taiwan, China reopen free trade talks amid protest
Taiwan and China resumed talks Wednesday at an undisclosed location on a goods free trade agreement, sparking a protest against secrecy by demonstrators suspicious of closer ties with Beijing.
Guatemala: activists defeat ’Monsanto Law’
The law was originally passed to comply with an intellectual property requirement in the 2004 Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), and it was unclear whether Guatemala might now be excluded from the US-promoted trade bloc.
Ask Foreign Policy Ministers to exempt ISDS from CETA open letter
Please find below a draft letter to heads of state or trade ministers of EU Member States. It can be sent ahead of the Sept .12 meeting of the EU Trade Policy Committee where Member States have the *final* opportunity to comment on the CETA text.
MEPs urged to veto NHS trade deal
The leader of the UK’s biggest union has written to all British MEPs urging them to vote against a controversial EU-US trade deal if the NHS is not exempted.
US-EAC trade pact: Players fear East Africa could get raw deal
With the East African Community under pressure to sign the Economic Partnership agreement with Europe, pressure is emerging from elsewhere: the US. Civil society warn of the dangers.
Ethiopia to join COMESA’s free trade area
The government of Ethiopia is on the move to join the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Free Trade Area (FTA) which enables the country to have preferential trade interaction between member countries.