Climate change action demands moving to an energy system based on renewables and leaving fossil fuels in the ground. International investment agreements, and particularly ISDS, stand in the way of energy transition. They limit the ability of governments to set the terms of their energy policy, including the support of renewable energy. Investment agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will further empower corporations to challenge strong government action on climate change
Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), Cecilia Olivet, Marc Maes, Pia Eberhardt, Natacha Cingotti, Ante Wessels, Burghard Ilge, Peter Fuchs
27 November 2015
The European Commission unveiled a draft text for a chapter on investment protection and investor to state dispute settlement – now called the Investment Court System - to be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US. This new system would replace the existing investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism not only in TTIP but also in all ongoing and future EU investment negotiations.
The aggressive agenda of services corporations, with regards to TTIP and CETA, pushes for far-reaching market opening in areas such as health, cultural and postal services, and water, which would allow them to enter and dominate the markets. Those in charge of EU trade negotiations are rolling out the red carpet for the services industry, with CETA and TTIP reflecting the wishlist of corporate lobbyists.
Zondag met Lubach, a Dutch tv show, takes a closer look at two trade agreements, TTIP and her ugly sister CETA. He asks Cecilia Malmström (European Commission) to remove ISDS and even made a brilliant TTIP/CETA protest song.
One World - De ISDS-clausule waardoor bedrijven overheden kunnen aanklagen als ze hun belangen geschaad zien, is een van de meest controversiële onderdelen van het vrijhandelsverdrag TTIP waar de Europese Unie op dit moment over onderhandelt met de Verenigde Staten.
If you were a multinational, which rules would you like to change? The answer will be found in TTIP - a trade agreement between the EU and the USA - in which our rights, our health and our planet are being reduced to 'trade barriers'.
Business day Live - Water is an essential natural element, but around the world, it’s also an artificially endangered resource. That would explain why the parties represented at a recent international conference on water rights in Lagos ranged from remote towns with hand-pumped wells to modern public utilities in European cities. Precisely because water is universally in demand, it faces boundless threats of exploitation, in countries rich and poor.
Luuk is an intern for TNI's economic justice programme. His research activities involve trade and investment regimes and investment arbitration. TNI recently published a policy brief co-authored by Luuk: Central and Eastern European countries at the crossroads: why governments should reject investment arbitration in TTIP. Luuk is Dutch and studies Political Science at the Radboud University...
Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries find themselves at a crossroad regarding their investment protection policies with the US. This briefing provides evidence that shows that including investment arbitration in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will worsen the capacity for CEE governments to regulate.
Why should human rights, environmental and consumer advocate organizations all over the world that are working toward a world different from the corporate-led neoliberal dogma, pay special attention to TTIP?
RTLZ - De Verenigde Staten en Europa gaan waarschijnlijk toch weer praten over arbitragerechtspraak tussen bedrijven, ondanks dat hier veel publieke weerstand tegen is. De Handelscommissie van het Europese Parlement is vandaag akkoord gegaan met de zogenoemde ISDS-bepalingen in het handelsverdrag met de Verenigde Staten, TTIP.