Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
01 February 2013
This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.
For fairer and more democratic societies, people need to claim control over the EU’s trade and investment policy processes. We need to change EU’s trade and investment policies and the way in which decisions are made.
The EU's launch of negotiations for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) with four Arab countries in transition – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia - looks set to entrench an economic model that was one of the root causes of the Arab Spring.
Corporations in Western Europe are suing Central and Eastern European countries at international arbitration tribunals through a vast web of intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Yet while the European Commission has questioned the validity of these BITs, Netherlands, Germany, and the UK, oppose their termination.
This briefing analyses leaked proposals for so-called investor-state dispute settlement under the proposed EU-US deal and reveals a determined lobby campaign from industry lobby groups and law firms to grant unprecedented rights to corporations to sue governments for legislation and regulations that interfere with their profits.
Op 18 oktober hebben de Europese Unie en Canada tot verrassing van velen een vrijhandelsakkoord ondertekend. Een soortgelijk akkoord tussen de EU en de VS is in de maak. Volgens het onlangs verschenen rapport 'Profiting from injustice', is er de laatste twee decennia sprake van "de stille opkomst van een machtig investeringsregime dat honderden landen heeft verstrikt in een systeem dat bedrijfswinsten boven mensenrechten en het milieu stelt."
The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) is in trouble. Report after report has indicated that the massive U.S.-EU deal is on shaky ground now that the NSA spying scandal has fueled European privacy concerns and botched the hopes of U.S. telecommunications firms to use the deal to downsize data privacy protections.
The hundreds of cases of legal action brought by private corporations against sovereign nations clearly show what is in store for Malaysia if it ratifies the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to Klang MP Charles Santiago today.
Controversial rights for multinational corporations to sue states, likely to be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are causing a political headache for EU and US negotiators, but may also set a precedent for future trade agreements, notably with China.
When Swiss law professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler joined the board of UBS AG, she was sitting on international tribunals judging whether Vivendi Universal SA and another company whose shares UBS held were entitled to damages from Argentina in investment disputes.
South Africa is moving away from international investment treaties towards a new framework for investment protection based on domestic law. Contrary to some opinions, there are cogent arguments in favour of this approach.
During the CELAC-EU President Summit in Chile, some Latin American governments rejected the inclusion in the final declaration of the proposed EU wording in support of providing foreign investors legal certainty. To understand why, we need to look at the industry behind investment arbitration.