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
22. February 2017 | Global Trade Review The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has entered into force, with supporters hailing it as the greatest single achievement in the organisation’s history. The ratification is a timely boost for free trade advocates, at a time when the populist protectionist rhetoric of US President Donald
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
This paper outlines some of the major obstacles which Geographical Indications, a system well developed in Europe, are facing in the international trade system. The EU has obtained Canada’s recognition of a minority of GIs in return for greater access to the European market for Canadian agricultural products, most notably meat products. The US
EU-Study about effects of free trade deals on the agriculture leaves out important parameters Berlin, 18 November 2016 – Free trade deals like TTIP are expected to have negative long-term effects on several agricultural sectors in Europe. Requested by 20 EU farm ministers, the European Commission was pushed to carry
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.
Veblen Institute, France published a fact sheet on public procurement. Here the paper’s key conclusions regarding CETA/TTIP & SMEs: → Better access to public procurement contracts in the USA for a very small number of European SMEs → Greater competition on the national and European public procurement markets given the
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.