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Pak-Turk FTA talks focus on goods, services, investment
Pakistan and Turkey started the second round of talks on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with special focus on goods, services and investment.
TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as ’environmental deterrent’
US oil company wanted EU-US trade deal to give foreign investors the legal right to challenge government decision, documents show
Indonesia-EU CEPA set for 2019
Official negotiations on the Indonesia-European Union comprehensive economic partnership agreement (IE-CEPA) will commence within the next 4 to 6 months, with completion targeted for 2019.
PH, EFTA to sign free trade pact
The Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will sign anytime this week the free trade agreement between the two, the country’s second bilateral FTA after the one with Japan.
TTIP: le gouvernement britannique ignore ses propres avertissements
Les futurs tribunaux spéciaux qui régleront les litiges provoqués par le Traité transatlantique controversé TTIP présentent plus de risques que d’avantages pour les gouvernements européens.
Small business still waiting for TTIP breakthrough
When it comes to permits and product licensing, the US is a patchwork of different rules and regulations. When selling within Europe, it is straightforward.
EU African EPAs in limbo
The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies.
TTIP: UK Government found trade deal had ’lots of risk and no benefit’ in its only assessment
This stark warning against TTIP was disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request by anti-TTIP campaigners
European cities and regions rally to stop TTIP
A network of European cities and regions have called on the EU to suspend current trade negotiations and to refrain from ratifying the recently finished EU-Canada trade agreement.
At least 35,000 protest in Hanover a day before Obama visits Germany to promote TTIP trade deal
Some 35,000 people marched through the streets of Hanover to protest against a sweeping European-US trade deal.
New GMOs are ’not GM’ - EU folds under US pressure
The EU Commission has caved in to US pressure in TTIP trade talks by deciding to consider organisms modified by new ’gene editing’ techniques as non-GM - in violation of the EU’s own laws.
RCEP members issue ultimatum to India
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has issued an ultimatum to India, saying that New Delhi should cut tariffs on most products as soon as possible or leave the talks on the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Iceland agrees with CJEU, excludes Western Sahara from trade deal
All four members states of the EFTA free trade association conclude in the same way as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Goods from Western Sahara cannot be inluded in free trade agreements with Morocco.
RCEP talks could affect startups by allowing patenting of computer software
Several startups and civil society members fought hard over the last year to prevent the allowing of software patents in India.
Trade unions sound alarm over FTAs; say hitting economy
Raising concerns over trade negotiations with regional blocs like RCEP, trade unions have asked the government to stop all talks for free trade pacts while asserting that such pacts are hurting the country’s economy.
British Vestey Group wins $100m battle with Venezuela over cattle ranches
Government ordered to pay compensation after Hugo Chávez nationalised British beef company’s landholdings.
China, India show their hands on investor access
New Zealand trade officials have seen offers on terms for investment access for the first time from a number of Asian nations, including China, in negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
RCEP - draft investment chapter (October 2015)
As leaked by KEI
RCEP draft text for investment chapter, October 16, 2015 version
Overall, the investment chapter is designed to give private parties the right to extract costly damages from governments that implement policies that harm profits.
Public procurement could be next TTIP deal breaker
As EU-US negotiators prepare for a new round of transatlantic trade talks in New York next week, officials fear TTIP might run into a new brick wall: Public procurement.