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Obama and Republicans agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … unfortunately
Fast-track must be defeated, and a solid debate about TPP must be opened among well-informed representatives, with plenty of public input, says renowned food writer Mark Bittman.
India, Australia plan to sign FTA by December
India and Australia aim to conclude the comprehensive free trade agreement by December, following a renewed push to the pact months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia.
EU-US trade talks should pick up steam once “fast-track” bill is voted through Congress, says top US farm lobbyist Bob Young
Bob Young, Deputy Executive Director at the American Farm Bureau Federation, talks with journalist Rose O’Donovan (AGRA FACTS) about on-going agricultural developments in negotiations towards a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The EU claims that TTIP won’t reduce EU food safety standards – but is this true?
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.
Parliament’s opposition to TTIP arbitration on the rise
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.
China ’uncomfortable’ with US negative list for investment treaty talks
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-Japan fail to seal trade agreement before Abe US trip
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.
Canada’s most sacred cows under attack as TPP takes aim at agriculture
The Americans have made it clear they have a deal-breaker with Canada — supply management in agriculture, notably dairy and poultry.
April 17: Lobby action tour on TTIP, impacts for food and farmers
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).
105 Colombian trade unionists killed in 4 years: NGO
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.
India-Canada treaty critics team up to fight
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.
‘Stop TTIP’: Protests in Europe and beyond against US-EU trade pact
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, US to exchange negative lists of investment treaty talks
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 to push for free trade pacts with South Korea, EEA
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, Japan to link FTA this year
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.
Brazil signs new bilateral investment treaties with Mozambique and Angola: new approach to BITs or “toothless lions”?
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.
Resisting the ‘free trade’ offensive: four reasons to join the global day of action this Saturday
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.
Harper and Modi announce a Canada-India ’free trade’ agreement by September
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.
Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
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.
Mexican Senate proposes FTA with Cuba
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).