26 January 2015

TTIP- A Good Deal?

Since mid-2013, the United States and the European Union
have been negotiating a so-called free trade agreement, by now
labeled “Transatlantic trade and investment partnership” or TTIP in
short. We suggest here that TTIP is a bad deal. more

26 January 2015

New Weaknesses: Despite a major win,arbitration decisions in 2014 increase the US’s future exposure to litigation and liability

The US Trade Representative’s office has made a number of statements defending its push to include investor-state arbitration in its investment treaties, including the assertion that “[a]s a country that plays by the rules and respects the rule of law, the United States has never lost an [investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS)] case.” more

13 January 2015

Online public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement

The negotiating directives1 for the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) foresee the inclusion of investment
protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provided a number of
conditions are met. Investment protection and ISDS have been at the forefront of a
vigorous public debate in the EU on TTIP. The Commission therefore organised a
public consultation between 27 March and 13 July 2014 to develop further the EU
approach on these important issues that matter to Europeans. more

09 January 2015

WORKING DOCUMENT, in view of preparing the draft report on Parliament's recommendations to the

Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: Bernd Lange more

07 January 2015

Lowest Common Denominator:EU-US trade deal threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides

“Using words like ‘harmonization’ and ‘cooperation’ the pesticide industry’s proposal hides its true aim: to weaken, slow, or stop efforts to protect people and the planet from exposure to toxic chemicals,” says the report’s co-author Erica Smith. “This report demonstrates the pesticide industry’s goal of increasing trade, at the cost of increasing the risk to European and American citizens.” more

06 January 2015

DRAFT OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

DRAFT OPINION
of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
For the Committee on International Trade
on recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Rapporteur: Jan Philipp Albrecht more

05 January 2015

TTIP Impacts on European Energy Markets and Manufacturing Industries

This study, provided by the Policy Department A at the request of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), aims to assess whether and to which extent European energy markets and manufacturing industries would be affected by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Although the negotiations are currenly on-going, the analysis shows that the TTIP will improve the EU’s security of energy supply through adding liquidity and competition to the natural gas market. The TTIP will not directly lower either environmental or social legislation, but the study recommends the ITRE Committee to be aware of the potential for weakening of legislation implementation such as REACH and FQD. more

19 December 2014

Agriculture, Food and the TTIP: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Progress in agriculture and food issues in the TTIP talks will largely be determined by the level of ambition in the negotiations as a whole. If ambitions are modest, a low-level agreement could probably be reached that includes some limited commitments on agricultural market access and food regulations more

08 December 2014

THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP AND THE PARLIAMENTARY DIMENSION OF REGULATORY COOPERATION

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) presents a historic opportunity
for the European Union and the United States to remove regulatory divergence – today’s
most prominent obstacle to trade exchanges –, thereby increasing economic growth for
the citizens of both policies. Yet, with great promises come challenges too. more

04 December 2014

The hidden cost of EU trade deals: Investor-state Dispute Settlement against EU Member States

This report compiles all publicly available data on investor-state dispute settlement cases taken against EU member states since 1994. It highlights the irrefutable attack on recent EU accession countries and the environment, as well as the cost this system has already had on EU taxpayers and European democracy. more

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