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The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues in food in the EU in the future.
Half of the European Parliament’s committees have rejected the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, casting doubt over the trade deal’s prospects of to passing through Parliament.
The US government has outlined key infrastructure, important technology and national security into its negative list where Chinese investment would not be not allowed under the proposed US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
US and Japanese officials failed to reach agreement in marathon trade talks in Tokyo, a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hopes of arriving for a summit in Washington next week with a pact in hand.
The Americans have made it clear they have a deal-breaker with Canada — supply management in agriculture, notably dairy and poultry.
On 17 April, Via Campesina, the D190-20 Alliance and Corporate Europe Observatory held a lobby tour around the Brussels European quarter, highlighting the corporate lobbies who are pushing an aggressive agenda around TTIP (the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated).
Colombia’s National Union School presented a report to the US Congress denouncing the killing of at least 105 trade unionists since the implementation of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
As governments in Canada and India herald their progress on a free trade agreement, promising to have it worked out by September, opponents from both countries are preparing to unite in their efforts to stop the deal.
Hundreds of demonstrations have taken place worldwide against a planned free trade agreement between the US and the EU – in one of the largest series of protests so far.
China and the United States are expected to exchange negative lists of bilateral investment treaty (BIT) "this month or next month," which could pave the way for substantial achievement on the negotiations in this regard in September, China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said Friday.
Indonesia will aggressively pursue talks on free trade agreements with countries such as South Korea and the three European Economic Area (EEA) nations, in its latest move to boost exports, a government official said on Monday.
Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement in 2015, the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Co-operation Committee has announced.
On 30 March 2015, Brazil and Mozambique entered into a treaty, which they call the Agreement for Cooperation and Investment Facilitation. On 1 April, Brazil and Angola entered into an agreement of the same nature.
This slew of trade deals can be seen as a global corporate offensive – indeed, they are backed by networks of think tanks and lobby groups funded and staffed by some of the world’s most powerful corporations. So to defeat them, we need to coordinate our own actions globally.
Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by September, it was announced during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ottawa this week.
A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
Mexico’s Senate has urged the Government to boost economic relations with Cuba, with a view to the possible signing of a free trade agreement (FTA).
The government is still open to having the Malaysia-EU Free Trade Agreement despite it being stalled currently.
The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations
Multi-sectoral network calls on Philippine government to turn back from its FTA ambitions