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EU-Japan FTA: Basic agreement to be reached by end 2015
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, and EU President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed last Friday (29 May) to accelerate negotiations over a long-deadlocked Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Japan.
MEPs call for safeguard clause in TTIP to protect EU farmers
The EU should be able to close markets to specific US agricultural goods if an increase in imports threatened to cause serious harm to domestic food production, say MEPs.
WikiLeaks issues call for $100,000 bounty on monster trade treaty
Today WikiLeaks has launched a campaign to crowd-source a $100,000 reward for America’s Most Wanted Secret: the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
Matiza warns Zanu PF Bippa farm invaders
A governernment official has warned Zanu PF supporters against invading commercial farms covered under Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (Bippas) with foreign governments
Trade Ministers of 16 countries to meet in July to clinch RCEP
Trade Ministers of 16 countries, including India, may meet in July in Kuala Lumpur to iron out issues related to the mega trade deal – Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement.
US DoE grants export authorisation for Alaska LNG Project
Alaska can now export liquified natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the US does not have a free trade agreement - such as Japan, Taiwan, China and India.
Australian MPs allowed to see top-secret trade deal text but can’t reveal contents for four years
Australian politicians have been told they can view the current confidential negotiating text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but only if they agree not to divulge anything they see for four years, despite expectations the deal could be finalised within months.
INTA Report "Recommendations to the European Commission on TTIP"
The European Parliament’s INTA Committee has recently voted on a recommendations for the European Commission regarding the TTIP negotiations.
Trade deal warning over EU exit
Norway says TTIP could cause "issues" for UK if it pulls out of EU
Exporters for FTA, CEPA with EU
Indian knitwear exporters have made an appeal to expedite the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union.
Korea, China officially sign FTA
Korea and China officially signed a free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday, after three years of negotiations.
Australia pressuring Canada in TPP for greater wine access, citing EU gains
An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the Canadian government is being pressured by TPP parties to give them same outcomes as EU got under CETA.
The hidden costs of trade treaties
The free trade treaties with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP) are not threatening European standards, the negotiators in Brussels assure us. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.
The EESC opposes ISDS in TTIP and CETA and calls for an International Investment Court
The European Economic and Social Committee, in its opinion adopted on 27 May, opposes the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or in the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), as it believes such a system has the potential to derail both agreements.
Africa to launch Continental Free Trade Agreement negotiations
African countries will launch the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) negotiations at the upcoming African Union Summit scheduled for mid-June this year, it was announced on Thursday.
International Investment Agreements (IIAs): Frequently Asked Questions
This report for US Congress answers frequently asked questions about US international investment agreements including provisions for investor-state dispute settlement.
Why India is not joining trade in services agreement
Even though India has been insisting on negotiating services agreements in all ongoing bilateral trade agreements, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to tap its rapidly growing young skilled workforce, it has so far desisted from joining a plurilateral trade in services agreement (Tisa) being negotiated among 24 countries.
MEPs take initial position on TTIP negotiations
The resolution supported by the committee does not explicitly call for a ban on controversial investor-to-state dispute mechanisms (ISDS), instead calling for the jurisdiction of national courts to be "respected" in the deal.
Free trade agreements lead to rising exports, study confirms
As regional free trade agreements proliferate in the Asia-Pacific, a new APEC Policy Support Unit report confirms that these agreements do make a difference in boosting exports.
Saudi sheep farm sparks "bribery" calls in New Zealand Parliament
New Zealand’s Auditor General has been asked to investigate government spending of 11 million NZ dollars (US$7.96m) on a sheep farm in Saudi Arabia in what has been labeled a bribe to secure a free trade agreement with the Arab Gulf states.