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2014-03-12  |  Janet Eaton

MEDIA ADVISORY, March 07, 2014

Berlin, Brussels, Washington, Ottawa – A new website was launched today dedicated to enlarging the public debate on the EU’s controversial policies for investment protections and investor-to-state dispute settlement systems (ISDS) in the EU-US and EU-Canada trade negotiations.  

The site ( includes newly leaked investment chapters from the ongoing EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations, analysis of those chapters, and other information contradicting the Commission’s position that these transatlantic trade agreements must include strong investment protections. 

Civil society groups from the European Union, United States and Canada have been calling for a much more transparent and democratic debate...

2014-03-07  |  Janet Eaton

No Fracking Way: How the EU-US trade deal risks expanding fracking in Europe and the US.

It was prepared by Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Transnational Institute, PowerShift, Blue Planet Project, and Attac

The full report is available here:

2014-03-07  |  Janet Eaton

March 5TH, 2014.  There is a lot going on in Germany right now. Yesterday we reported that a leaked document from inside the Ministry for Environment warns about the potential effects of TTIP on consumer protection and environment legislation. Now, IG Metall, a german trade union with roughly 2,4 million members (making it the largest trade union in the world), has called for an immediate halt to the ongoing negotiations on TTIP.
The IG Metall chariman, Detlef Wetzel, considers the agreement to be "dangerous", and fears how it may damage consumer protection and workers rights, as well as undermining democracy and the sovereignity of the state.
Considering the growth and jobs promised by the European Commission, Wetzel calls these projections for overly optimistic and disputes that TTIP will have any noticable benefit whatsoever. Wetzel considers the conclusions in the report from
the Bertelsmann Foundation, arguing that TTIP will give houndred of...

2014-03-07  |  Janet Eaton

Hosted by 'Friends of the Earth Europe' alongside 'Transnational Institute', 'Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy' and 'Seattle to Brussels Network'
The Press Club Brussels Start: Thursday, Mar 13 2014 1:30 PM  End: Thursday, Mar 13 2014 6:00 PM

To register, please visit

You are invited to an afternoon of open conversation on how the controversial EU-US trade deal could affect our food and environment.

Friends of the Earth Europe will be joined by the Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy,Transnational Institute and the  Seattle to Brussels Network, plus representatives of the

European Parliament and Commission, farmers, consumers and citizen groupsfrom both sides of the Atlantic, to share perspectives on the likely impacts of a deal on our food...

2014-03-07  |  Janet Eaton

Stuart Trew, Emma Lui, Published: Monday, 03/03/2014

What has become of the Canada-European Union free trade deal? The Harper government announced an “agreement in principle” with the EU in late October. And yet talks continue in a number of areas, notably on a controversial NAFTA-like investment protection chapter that is giving Europeans second thoughts.

Due to mounting public concern, the European Commission has launched a consultation with EU member states and the public on whether its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States should include an investor-state dispute process. This process in the North American Free Trade Agreement and similar treaties signed by Canada, the US and EU member states has resulted in dozens of absurd corporate lawsuits against public health, environmental and conservation measures, and...


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