Trade

Trade

Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations

January 2010

In the context of the current state of European-Chinese relations and the limited influence of European NGOs on EU policies, this book discusses the challenges and dilemmas of co-operation between European and Chinese civil society organisations.

The China-Asean Free Trade Area: Propaganda and Reality

January 2010

Despite the official propaganda, the China-Asean free trade agreement that came into effect on January 1, 2010, will benefit China, but is likely to disadvantage the Asean Countries.

Debating Europe: WTO Doha Round and EPAs in an era of crisis: salvation or suicide for ACP countries? (Video)

Ignacio Iruarrizaga Díez
December 2009

The international free trade and investment policies and the related WTO agreements played a major role in undermining so many developing countries' economies. The proponents of tese policies, including the EU, are now urging the govenrments of the world to end their resistance to such policies within the WTO.

WTO+10: Still a target and still a cause of crisis

December 2009

Ten years on from Seattle, TNI and other activists from Enlazando Alternativas have mobilised in Geneva together with the global network Our World is Not For Sale (OWINFS) to expose the role of the WTO and the "free trade" agreements in causing economic and climate crisis. 

Abandon the Damaging WTO Model - Address the Crises!

December 2009

The WTO's crisis of legitimacy is evident in that despite deepening food, financial, economic and climate crises—to which the WTO has contributed significantly—its deregulation and liberalisation agenda remains much the same as in 2001.

WTO: Cause not Solution to the Crisis!! WTO TURNAROUND NOW!

December 2009

For the past four years, proponents for WTO expansion have not called another Doha Round negotiating ministerial – despite a WTO requirement that ministerial conferences be held biannually. Why? Because they are afraid of another failure like the Seattle and Cancun Ministerials.

WTO: Cause not Solution to the Crisis!!

November 2009

The financial crisis should be recognized as a very clear example of how the free trade and free market theory has failed, why the WTO should turn around away from this neo-liberal model and allow for all services and trade to be at the service of people and the planet, not of corporate profits.

What is the role of WTO services rules in the context of the current financial crisis?

Sergio Marchi
November 2009

The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (the "GATS")  has very much underpinned expansion without regulation and supervision, so the financial corporations had the guarantee that their expansion would be underpinned. But financial services are not the same as other services – they need special supervisory structures.

From Lima to Madrid

November 2009

In the Hearing at the European Parliament, an overview of the main human rights violations of European transnational corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean will be presented as well as the role of European policies and institutions in the creation of a legal-judicial framework that allows transnational  corporations to act with impunity.

Global Europe and strategies on European Free Trade Agreements

November 2009

The EU is currently negotiating trade agreements with countries from several regions. The effects of the agreements are severe and imply a deterioration of rights and possibility for governing in the poor countries, and also
imply a deterioration of the possibilities to protect nature and
resources. Activists from different countries with which the EU tries to sign (free)trade agreements will tell us about their campaigns.

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