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A parade of reforms: The European Commission’s latest proposal for ISDS
The European Commission’s most recent proposal for ISDS reflects a move away from fake reforms to something potentially more meaningful, but it is insufficient and unreliable, says legal expert Gus Van Harten.
UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses
Alfred de Zayas said the UN will publish a report in August to illustrate the flaws in current plans for the TTIP.
Italy withdraws from Energy Charter Treaty
The Italian government has recently declared its withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”).
EU’s trade chief wants special court for investor disputes
The EU’s trade chief proposed on Tuesday creating a new European court to settle disputes in international trade agreements, a step aimed at overcoming growing public resistance to a free-trade accord with the United States.
Morocco-Canada FTA – investment at the price of trade deficit
If Morocco signs the FTA with Canada, it will become the first African country to enter into a free trade agreement with Canada
Commission publishes updated EU textual proposal on regulatory cooperation in TTIP negotiations
Today, the Commission published the updated EU textual proposal on regulatory cooperation, following the 9th round of negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Controversy flares over ex-KEB chief’s new role with Lone Star’s law firm
A former top financial official who advocated for Korea Exchange Bank’s breakaway from Lone Star has taken up a position in a law firm that represents the US buyout firm at a time when the firm is suing the Korean government for $4.6 billion in an investor-state dispute.
Assange: More leaks to come
WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial trade negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the organisation’s founder, Julian Assange.
‘Hanocal may sue Korean government over sale of Hyundai Oilbank’
The Dutch company will file an ISDS application against the Korean government, should the authorities refuse to pay 183.5 billion won ($169.9 million) in tax refund.
Corporate power ‘exorcism’ held outside London law firm billed for TTIP lawsuits
A group of radical performance activists who hail from New York staged an “exorcism” of corporate power outside an international law firm in London to raise awareness about the dangers of an EU-US trade deal being brokered behind closed doors.
Stephen Harper’s Canada-EU trade deal sideswiped by Europe’s US fears: Walkom
Canada’s prime minister is taking credit for jobs created by a free-trade deal that may never exist.
EU FTA talks likely to resume on PM Narendra Modi push
India and the European Union will likely resume free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations in June, with New Delhi expressing willingness to accommodate the EU’s demands for lower duties on wines, spirits and automobiles, provided Brussels relents to grant India ‘data secure nation’ status besides facilitating easier movement of skilled Indian professionals in Europe.
New Zealand next cab off the rank to close Gulf states FTA - Key
Most of the Gulf states are positive about signing off on a NZ-GCC deal, although Saudi Arabia is a little more cautious, PM Key says.
US lawmaker blasts ‘Monsanto provision’ in Fast Track legislation
US Representative Peter DeFazio today spoke out against a provision buried in trade promotion authority legislation that could help a government or multinational corporation attack state or national laws that require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Fruits et légumes : moins on consomme plus on importe
Le déclin de la production est imputable à la stratégie commerciale des grandes surfaces pour faire chuter les cours grâce aux accords bilatéraux que la Commission européenne a négocié avec des pays tiers comme le Maroc.
US to open TTIP reading rooms across EU
The US government will open “reading rooms” in its embassies across the European Union, so that national politicians can read secret documents related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
S. Korea to announce start of FTA talks with Ecuador, Central America
South Korea will soon announce the start of negotiations for free trade agreements with Ecuador and six Central American countries as part of a plan to expand its presence in the region, the government said Wednesday.
Japan, EU remain apart in FTA talks
The two sides ended their latest round of free trade talks without narrowing their differences on key issues, reports Japan’s NHK.
Pol says TPP trade deal could jeopardize NYC laws
"We cannot tell President Obama what to do. [But] our hard fought victories for protecting the lives of all New Yorkers will be at risk if he signs the TPP."
Transpacific Partnership: Canadian participation has been approved
The US Chamber of Commerce is in favor of Canada entering into the negotiations for the Transpacific Partnership for a free trade agreement with lucrative Asian markets. So declared the powerful pressure group.