Crash Course: Understanding the EU Investment Agenda

11 December 2013 - Event
Date
11 December 2013

Important - If you want to participate, pleases register by Monday, December 9th, 2013 with Anna.Schueler [at] power-shift.de and clearly indicate your name, organisational background & any particular question/interest you may have!

This half-day crash course will offer a detailed look at and critique of the current EU Investment policy in ongoing trade & investment negotiations. It will help activists, policy makers and journalists to better understand the wording of investment liberalisation and protection chapters as well as the EU's proposals for a slightly reformed Investor to State Dispute Settlement mechanism.

Please note, that this seminar will not be an introductory course on Investment/ISDS, but an "advanced level" discussion of available negotiation texts and mandates! Introductory information on EU Investment Policy is available on the S2B-website: http://www.s2bnetwork.org/themes/eu-investment-policy.html . Course participants will receive additional background material and analysis.

Programme

Moderation: Peter Fuchs (PowerShift) / Roos van Os (SOMO)

9.45h - arrival, registration, introduction


10.00h (s.t.) - 11.30h: Setting a bad example?
- The EU approach to investment protection in the EU-Canada negotiations (CETA)
- Input by Marc Maes (11.11.11.), followed by Q & A

15 min break -

11.45h - 12.30h: Investment Protection and Investor State Dispute Settlement in the EU-US Negotiations (TTIP)
- Input by Pia Eberhardt (Corporate Europe Observatory), followed by discussion

12.30h- 13.00h: Other EU Investment Mandates and Negotiations: The example of the EU-China BIT negotiations
- Input by Roos van Os / Roeline Knottnerus (SOMO) and final discussion.

Please note: In the afternoon of the same day there will also be a meeting of the Working Group on Investment of the Seattle to Brussels Network (14.00h - 17.00h, for further info and registration pls get in touch with Roos van Os/Somo, R.van.Os [at] somo.nl).

 

Photo by Dennis Knake