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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
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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
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Confirmed intra-EU ISDS mess: An update of the Micula case

In a previous blogpost, I wrote about the European Commission’s Competition authorities’ serving of an injunction on Romania provisionally ordering the country’s government not to pay Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) compensation to a Swedish investor, Micula. The rationale was...

/ April 3, 2015
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TiSA mandate: a simple piece of paper or a symbol of democratic scrutiny?

While TTIP is in the spotlight… The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are not the only big trade negotiations happening now. The EU and 22 other member states[1] of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are currently negotiating a multi-party...

/ April 3, 2015
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The new EU proposal on cosmetics: Finally beyond lip service?

Last week, the Commission discretely[1] published on its trade website a new version of its position paper on cosmetics within The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The main difference with the previous paper is that it no longer contains...

/ March 17, 2015
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Regulatory cooperation: perhaps boring, but the TTIP storm on the horizon

Disclaimer: This analysis is based on the leaked version of the regulatory cooperation proposal. We will soon provide further analysis based on the textual proposal published by the Commission. Regulatory cooperation is on the face of it one of the least exciting...

/ February 3, 2015
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How transparency can help monitor potential scandals in the TTIP negotiations

When I am asked why more transparency is needed in the TTIP negotiations, I reply it is because these trade negotiations are not mere ‘business as usual’; rules affecting our living standards are on the negotiating table and we should...

/ January 30, 2015