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  1. Mongolia’s experience with investment treaties and arbitration cases

    • Roeline Knottnerus, Cecilia Olivet
    30 June 2016
  2. Projection of the Transatlantic Free Trade Area

    Withdraw the TTIP mandate, say 240 European organisations

    27 June 2016
    Declaration

    In a letter to the president of the European Council, 240 European organisations ask him to withdraw the mandate for the European Commission to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with immediate effect.

  3. Peasants mobilized in Colombia: The strike is finished, the struggle continues

    Lyda Fernanda Forero, Danilo Urrea
    16 June 2016
    Article

    The current development model in place across Colombia has brought repression and harassment. The government has not fulfilled the terms of a 2013 agreement. On May 27th, the Cumbre Agraria, Campesina, Etnica y Popular1 called for a national Minga - a period of strikes and mobilizations - across Colombia to put pressure on the government.

  4. Unmasked: Corporate rights in the renewed Mexico-EU FTA

    • Cecilia Olivet, Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    13 June 2016
    Report

    The EU and Mexico launch negotiations for a ‘modernised’ Free Trade Agreement. A key feature is the investment protection chapter which grants major multinational companies in Mexico and the EU the exclusive right to challenge democratic decisions taken by States, even when they were taken in the public interest. The report outlines six reasons of major concern.

  5. Express your Solidarity with Minga Nacional Campesina, Agraria, Étnica y Popular

    03 June 2016
    Article

    Despite the increased repression, organizations continue mobilized in different regions. In order to increase the pressure on the government, we would like to ask you to support the movement by signing the solidarity letter here

  6. Signing away sovereignty

    • Cecilia Olivet, Jaybee Garganera, Farah Sevilla, Joseph Purugganan
    24 May 2016
    Report

    Mining firms have been one of the main corporate sectors worldwide to take advantage of investor-state dispute mechanisms to sue states for regulation of mining, having sued governments for a total of USD 53 billion so far. The Philippines, one of five countries worldwide with the highest overall mineral reserves, has a web of investment treaties which severely constrain the government's ability to regulate or close polluting mines. This legal straitjacket will become even tighter if the EU–Philippines Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proceed.

  7. Proposal to expand investors’ rights for all intra-EU investment will be the next nail in the coffin of European integration

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest
    19 May 2016
    Report

    Representatives of the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) tabled a proposal, in April, to establish “a multilateral agreement among the [EU] Member States […] which would replace and supersede pre-existing intra-EU BITs”. With this proposal, all EU investors would effectively be able to sue any member state at an international tribunal when they feel government regulations have undermined their (future) profits. This proposal undercuts the very basis of the European Union and is the best example of how the EU has become a vehicle for business rights at the expense of democracy.

  8. Local politics enters the global contest

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    19 May 2016
    Article

    European municipalities join the battle against TTIP to protect sovereignty and public services, demonstrating how to take political initiative and build an alternative economy

  9. Leaked documents show five EU Member States attempting to institutionalise ISDS throughout Europe

    Niels Jongerius
    19 May 2016
    Press release

    In an astonishing move which ignores the opinion of millions of citizens who oppose ISDS, the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) have made a sly attempt to institutionalise ISDS throughout the European Union. According to a leaked non-paper, on the 7th April representatives of these five nations made a proposal to the EU Council’s Trade Policy Committee which would in effect create a plurilateral treaty based on foreign investment protection within the EU. A move which was suspiciously followed by publication of a similar proposal on Business Europe’s website in what appears to have been a coordinated action.

  10. A small protest sign saying 'small is beautiful, TTIP is not'

    TTIP leaks confirm civil society concerns

    02 May 2016
    Article

    248 pages of leaked documents confirm concerns: In a misguided effort to conclude one of the most ambitious trade deals ever, negotiators are arguing away hard-won health, workplace, food, farming and environmental safeguards, while pushing power further from electorates, citizens and regulators, and deeper into the hands of businesses, corporations and interest groups.  

  11. Investment Court System put to the test

    • Cecilia Olivet, Natacha Cingotti, Pia Eberhardt, Nelly Grotefendt, Scott Sinclair
    19 April 2016
    Report

    The European Commission says that its new investment proposal –the Investment Court System - will protect governments' abilities to regulate on crucial matters such as public health and environmental protection. But analysis of five of the most controversial arbitration cases in recent years shows they could still be launched under the current proposal.

  12. Concerns of Myanmar Civil Society on ‘Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in support of an investment protection agreement between EU and Myanmar

    05 April 2016
    Declaration

    A letter of concern from Myanmar Civil Society on Sustainability Impact Assessment in support of IPA Investor Protection Agreement between Myanmar and EU.

  13. The expected impact of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

    • Alexander Kravchuk, Zakhar Popovych, Roeline Knottnerus, Daniel van Heijningen
    31 March 2016
    Policy issue

    On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands voted in a referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine. The referendum was a special democratic event – 427,939 signatures of citizens were collected to make it possible. With a turnout of 32.2%, just above the 30% threshold, the vote was valid. The deal was rejected by 61.1% of votes, compared with 38.1% in favour.

  14. Oil Corporations vs Climate: The Keystone XL Case

    23 February 2016
    Policy issue

    Countries around the world have reached a critical moment in the fight against climate change. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets demanding climate action, more than 190 countries reached a climate agreement in Paris, and renewable energy became more affordable and accessible to communities across the globe. Meanwhile, in sharp contradiction to that, countries negotiated new trade deals that would empower fossil fuel corporations to undermine the exact climate and conservation policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.

  15. TTIP: big business ‘could sue governments over tax on profits’

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Public Finance International - A new trade agreement proposed between the United States and the European Union could allow corporations to effectively sue governments who try to collect tax on their profits, campaigners have warned.

  16. How Corporate Sovereignty Threatens The Power Of Governments To Collect And Set Taxes

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Techdirt - The dangers of corporate sovereignty chapters in so-called "free trade" agreements are increasingly well-known.

  17. US-EU Trade Will Undermine 'Tax Justice,' Says Report

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Telesur - The secretive TTIP could make it easier than ever for big business to sue governments, according to new research.

  18. TTIP 'Could Prevent Tax Justice' Amid Concerns Over Corporate Courts

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Sputnik - Any potential ratification of the controversial TTIP trade deal would play into the hands of large multinational corporations and threaten the ability of EU member states to crack down on tax evasion, new research has claimed.
     

  19. TTIP could block Governments from cracking down on tax avoidance, study warns

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    The Independent - Similar trade agreements have been used to facilitate apparent tax avoidance in the past

  20. European Groups Expose ‘Terrifying Extent Of Corporate Grab’ Within TTIP

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    MintPress News - 'The ability to enact effective and fair tax systems to finance vital public services is one of the defining features of sovereignty,' says Global Justice Now—one that is threatened by corporate trade deals.

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