Category: Trade

Making ‘open trade’ and the global market work for EU consumers

“Open trade must go hand in hand with open policy making,” Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech last week. With this statement he kicked-off changes in the way the European Commission conducts trade negotiations. His...

and / September 20, 2017
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What the fipronil egg crisis tells us about the pitfalls of open markets

Looking back at the summer of 2017, two things people will probably remember are the summer hit Despacito and the egg crisis. When it comes to the eggs the short version goes like this: In July, Belgian authorities alerted their...

/ September 12, 2017
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Consumer rights in trade agreements: a missing element?

In the past years, consumer organisations have worked intensively on the EU’s trade agreements with the US (TTIP) and Canada (CETA). We’ve stressed the advantages and challenges of these agreements and demanded that consumers benefit from them. For better or...

/ June 7, 2017
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EU-US consumer groups want to change trade deals: split ‘tariffs’ from ‘rules’

If you work in policy communications, you’ll be familiar with the amount of technical terms and acronyms that come with conferences full of experts. You’ll know how difficult it can be to make things understandable and to cut out the...

/ April 5, 2017
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Let’s Move Away from a Fossilised Vision of the Consumer Benefits of Trade

Last week, US and EU consumer groups joined in the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue met in Washington DC for their annual meeting. In this guest blog, Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy, Consumer Federation of America, shares her impressions....

/ March 30, 2017
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Want to build an international investment court that won’t go up in flames? Fix the underlying system!

Whether or not you are a trade aficionado or aficionada, you have likely noticed the glaring headlines about free trade deals between the European Union and Canada or the United States. A root cause of the controversy around these deals...

and / March 16, 2017

TTIP is hibernating. So let’s improve it.

At this point it’s perhaps a bit cliché to say it, but free trade is on shaky ground. Public support for trade liberalisation is waning, the Financial Times illustrated. This scepticism is very much highlighted by wrangling on a proposed...

and / November 25, 2016
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Why privacy safeguards in trade deals need urgent improvement

The EU and 22 other countries are closing in on a huge deal to liberalise trade in services. One of the few pending issues in this Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is the question of how to make sure trade...

/ October 20, 2016
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Did TTIP push the EU to scrap precaution on endocrine disruptors?

Last month, the European Commission broke a promise it had made to you and all other EU citizens. The promise? That the EU will not trade away the ’precautionary principle’ to strike a trade deal with the United States (known...

/ July 14, 2016
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Why TiSA should be in the global consumer spotlight

This blog was posted by Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, and first appeared here. This week trade ministers from 22 countries and the EU will meet in Paris to provide political support for negotiations on the Trade in...

/ June 1, 2016