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The Commission’s reheated TTIP investor protection idea is stale... Time for a fresh approach

The European Commission’s latest contribution on the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) scheme is a disappointing, recycled 12-page document that visibly struggles with the contradiction that is inherent in claiming that ISDS under the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) is of the highest standard while also acknowledging that the problems with ISDS under TTIP are far from resolved.

Published on May 8, 2015 - 11:57

German environment agency suggests list to allay concerns about TTIP

Germany’s environment agency UBA has expressed serious concern that the EU’s position on the emerging Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal could weaken environmental protection standards in Europe. The UBA is also suggesting that any TTIP agreement should include a list of areas where cooperation on environmental standards would benefit both America and Europe.

Published on May 5, 2015 - 18:20

How Canada and the oil industry undermined Europe’s fuel quality rules

The Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) was first proposed in early 2007 as part of the so-called “integrated approach”, to ensure that the oil industry would also contribute to the fight against climate change. Its implementation has been frequently and quietly delayed until the end of 2014 due to massive amount of lobbying by oil interests.

Published on March 25, 2015 - 10:40

Heed citizens’ calls to drop investor protection from TTIP, say Commission advisors

The findings of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations, published today, leaves no room for any other conclusion than that ISDS should be excluded from any such trade agreement, two members of the European Commission’s own advisory group have said. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Transport & Environment (T&E) called on the EU to heed the views of the almost 150,000 European citizens who participated, a record in the history of European public consultation.

Published on January 13, 2015 - 17:28

‘Reformed’ or not, corporate handouts in trade agreements are as dangerous as ever

Two proposed trade deals – the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA), and the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – have attracted widespread international criticism by threatening to give unrivaled, unfettered "investment" rights to multinational corporations, including the world's worst polluters. While the text of CETA has been finalized and made public and TTIP is in an earlier phase of secretive negotiations, both still require formal ratification. It's not too late – the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

Published on December 8, 2014 - 10:42

Put people, environment and democracy before profit and corporate rights, say 100 European civil society groups

An EU-wide coalition of civil society organisations representing a broad spectrum of public interests have joined their voices to face the democratic threat posed by the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. To promote social justice, environmental sustainability and human rights it is imperative that investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), a regulatory co-operation council and the deregulation of standards are clearly excluded in a transparent fashion from TTIP.

Published on November 28, 2014 - 16:37

Green 10 position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Supported by more than 20 million EU citizens across 28 member states, the Green 10 alliance of leading environmental NGOs at the EU level calls for a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US. The approach must seriously consider the environmental and democratic challenges posed by this agreement. The Green 10 are also against the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and provisions for a regulatory co-operation council, both of which threaten recent and future environmental and social achievements in Europe.

Published on November 28, 2014 - 16:31

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