Category: Trade

International trade

Listen up European Commission! Parliament issues strong message on services trade deal

Unnoticed by most, the European Union is negotiating a major agreement on trade in services. It brings together 22 countries plus the EU, and lines up huge players including the United States, Japan and Canada. Its aim is to liberalise...

/ February 15, 2016
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Lessons to learn from TPP: What the EU shouldn’t do in TTIP

What is TPP? TPP stands for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and it is the most important free trade agreement ever negotiated. It covers a vast number of sectors and involves 12 countries in the Pacific[1] region, including the United States (US)....

/ December 1, 2015
ISDS

From ISDS to ICS: Still a long way to go

Following a heated debate, the European Commission has finally recognised the risks inherent in the proposed Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): namely that it lacks transparency and that its arbitrators are prone...

/ October 22, 2015
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Why reassurances that TTIP will not affect the right to regulate miss the point

At a recent debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), advocates for TTIP once again repeated the mantra that nothing in TTIP, not even the section on regulatory cooperation, will affect the right of the parties (the EU,...

/ September 29, 2015
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Who is going to pay the bill for regulatory cooperation in TTIP?

Ever since I read the European Commission’s proposal on regulatory cooperation I have been trying to figure out how this system will work in practice. One thing which intrigued me was the price tag for engaging in this kind of...

/ July 24, 2015
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Health: Is TTIP the pill for all our ills?

Transatlantic cooperation, done properly, could have a positive impact on consumers on both sides of the Atlantic in various areas, including health. Nevertheless, reading the EU’s positions on the pharmaceutical and medical devices[1] (e.g. pace makers, hip implants) chapters of...

/ July 14, 2015
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Consumer crash course on TTIP negotiations: e-labelling

TTIP will not lower consumer protection standards. Or so they say and so why should we assume otherwise? Well, because from time to time you come across over a detail in the haul of TTIP information which makes you question...

/ June 22, 2015
EU negotiations

Postponing the European Parliament’s TTIP resolution is not what consumers want to hear

The European Parliament has been working for months on its recommendations to the Commission on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. No less than 14 committees were involved. At the last minute, the vote was postponed. In this...

and / June 15, 2015
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What kind of TTIP does the European Parliament want?

After almost two years of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal, Members of the European Parliament are now assessing progress and will make recommendations to the negotiators. Those recommendations should not be taken lightly because they will...

/ May 7, 2015
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“TTIP won’t lower standards” – Well then let’s break down how – UPDATE

Update: 11 September 2015 In this blog, I urged EU policy-makers to give us strong and tangible reassurances that TTIP wouldn’t lower standards. Well, they need to do a better job. The peace of the Brussels’ summer was indeed troubled...

/ April 23, 2015