The Fair Economy Alliance welcomed the European Commission consultation on the existing mechanism for international investment dispute resolution earlier this year. At the same time, we regretted that this questionnaire omitted a crucial discussion of the fundamentals of the system created and supported by Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms. Read the
7 February 2017. A multi-national survey conducted by Dutch Survey company Motivaction and just published by the Fair Economy Alliance (in collaboration with the Schöpflin Foundation) spoke to nearly 2000 SMEs across five EU countries (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Lithuania and Slovenia) to find out their views on the proposed
This paper recounts that the United States in 2015 had to repeal a 2002 law that stipulated the origin labelling of pork beef and other perishable goods, following a dispute with Canada and Mexico, which was decided in favour of these countries by the WTO. The rule had had considerable support
After the CETA vote by EU Trade ministers has been postponed, European Stop TTIP and CETA campaigns organised the Citizens’ CETA Summit on 20th of October, 2016 in Brussels. During this summit, international experts as well as local representatives expressed their opposition to CETA. Furthermore, a joint declaration was signed.
Regulatory cooperation in CETA potentially has profound implications. It is part of a broader international effort by the rich countries and their companies to control domestic regulation through international trade agreements that override domestic laws. In CETA, regulatory cooperation in principle covers a vast area, both goods and services, trade
Press Release Brussels, 10 October 2016 “American companies cannot use CETA as a backdoor” for claiming investor rights against European governments. This is the message Commissioner Malmström spreads in an attempt to overcome the widespread misgivings about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada, which is due for signature.
SME against CETA/TTIP initiatives from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands call on the EU’s trade ministers to reject the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The trade ministers are gathering in Bratislava today to discuss the ratification of the CETA agreement. The agreement is highly
July 2016. CETA has just made the headlines because EU Member State governments succumbed to public pressure and decided that national parliaments need to have a say on it rather than just EU institutions. What’s at stake in a ratification process is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. On balance, given
10 March 2016 / 18 July 2016. The Prognos research institute was commissioned by BVMW (the German Association for SMEs) and the Schöpflin Stiftung to carry out a survey on TTIP. As part of this project, Prognos surveyed 800 small and medium-sized BVMW member companies. The results are clear: the
10 June 2016. Is trade good for people and the environment? Do international trade agreements comply with sustainability? Trade Sustainability Impact Assessments (TSIAs) are supposed to provide the answers. The latest (interim) TSIA has been prepared for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently being negotiated between