- 62 new ISDS cases initiated, the highest number of known treaty-based cases ever filed in one year under international investment agreements (IIAs);
- 68% (42 out of 62) of the...
Deutsche Welle 13.04.2013
After years spent cautiously eyeing each other across the Atlantic, the European Union and the United States appear ready to improve their trade ties. But, a first meeting has revealed how difficult that may be.
Two months after US President Barack Obama announced his intentions to work toward an American free-trade agreement with the European Union, a first session of preliminary talks has taken place. Official negotiations have yet to get underway, and like previous attempts at this ambitious goal, the devil is in the details.
Six years ago, the devil had wings and took the form of a chicken doused in chlorine. That practice (used for disinfecting chickens in the US) was one of the stumbling blocks in negotiations between the EU and the United States on a trans-Atlantic trade agreement - a plan that was strongly lobbied against by agricultural interests at the time.
Today, similar sticking points need to be addressed before the...
By Stuart Trew
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual list of global trade barriers -- policies in countries from Angola to Vietnam it wants changed or eliminated so U.S. firms can make more money. You can read the whole report here. Or you can take a look at Public Citizen's very useful summary, which focuses on the 10 non-U.S. countries, including Canada, negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, right here.
According to the government and corporate watchdog, "The 406-page USTR report indicts a wide array of public health policies, financial regulations, politically sensitive manufacturing and...
Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B),1 February 2013,Cecilia Olivet,Pietje Vervest et al.
This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.
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