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EU FTA & Tiriti O Waitangi: “More of the same”
The free trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union fails to meet the standards we expect of the government under Te Tiriti o Waitangi in terms of both process and outcome.
UAE, Indonesia sign free trade agreement
Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement, strengthening economic ties between Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the major oil producer Gulf state.
Thailand expects free trade agreement with EFTA in 2 years
The Commerce Ministry expects to reach a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members within two years after negotiations were launched last week.
Civil society calls upon EU and Indonesia to respect the rights of Indonesia’s famers
Close to 90 NGOs and farmers’ organisations from Indonesia, the EU and around the world sent open letters to the EU Commission and the Indonesian government today, calling on them to refrain from any clause that restrict farmers’ rights in a future free trade agreement.
Government: Cut the spin and give a truthful assessment of the EU deal
There is much more at stake here than just agriculture, with several chapters seeming to impose restrictions on New Zealand laws and how the government can regulate.
EU and New Zealand secure free trade agreement
New Zealand and the European Union have secured a highly anticipated trade deal, through last-minute negotiations.
Regulatory chill in a warming world: The threat to climate policy posed by investor-state dispute settlement
There is a great threat posed by the potential use of ISDS by the fossil fuel industry to stall action on climate change.
‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ as a new avenue for climate change litigation
Climate-related ISDS indicate a real risk that significant resources and energy may be diverted away from climate action, impacting the popularity of pro-climate policymaking among both policymakers and the public.
British MPs may delay Australia trade deal after minister’s no-show
The ratification is looking unlikely after the British parliament’s commons trade committee told MPs they should delay ratifying the agreement after a late-night snub by the Trade Secretary.
Trade discussions ’stalled’ over climate
Negotiations for a "critical" trade deal with the European Union have "stalled" over perceptions Australia isn’t "fair dinkum" on climate change action, and due to a fractured relationship with France.
Int’l tribunal brings to close decade-long S. Korea-Lone Star dispute settlement
An international tribunal declared an end to all proceedings in a multi-billion dollar suit the US private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea’s government 10 years ago.
AfCFTA suffers setback as Benin Republic slams CFA9m on Nigeria-bound transit cargoes
The agreement was brokered by the African Union (AU) and was signed by 44 of its 55 member states in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018. The only country still not to sign the agreement is Eritrea, which has a largely closed economy.
ECOWAS regional experts meet on the draft Ecowas common schedule of specific commitments on trade in services for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
To date, a total of forty-three (43) African countries are State Parties to the Agreement of the AfCFTA, including twelve (12) ECOWAS Member States.
India, UK to hold fifth round of talks on FTA in July
India and the UK will hold the fifth round of talks for a free trade agreement in New Delhi in July, with leaders of the two countries having already set a target for concluding the negotiations by October.
Deal for modernized Energy Charter Treaty insufficient for ambitious climate action
The new "agreement in principle" for a modernized Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) falls short of pledges to make the trade and investment deal better suited to achieving international climate goals, IISD experts say.
India, EU resume negotiations for free trade pact
India and the European Union resumed negotiations, after a gap of over eight years, for a comprehensive free trade agreement.
False good news for future EU free trade agreements
ECVC is heavily critical of the lack of ambition shown by the European Commission to tackle only future free trade agreements, meaning the pre-existing FTAs can continue their environmental and social devastation.
Stockholm arbitration tribunal denies jurisdiction over intra-EU investment dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty
In a award, made in Green Power Partners K/S and SCE Solar Don Benito APS v Spain, a tribunal unanimously denied its jurisdiction over an intra-EU investment dispute arising under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Energy treaty update fails to address climate crisis, activists say
1994 agreement allows investors to sue governments for changes in energy policy that harm their profits.