Special privileges for corporations in major trade deals are a serious threat to democracy and the environment according to a new report released today by Friends of the Earth Europe, Sierra Club and Transport & Environment (T&E), as EU-US trade talks resume in Brussels.
Germany's largest association of judges and public prosecutors yesterday publicly criticised the European Commission's Investment Court System, a set of reforms to replace the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The judges are questioning the legal basis of such system, as well as the need for it to be introduced in the first place.
Over 23,000 people marched in Berlin this Saturday under the banner 'We Are Fed Up!' The march, organised by a broad coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth Germany, Young Friends of the Earth, and allies working on issues from farming, to beekeeping, nature, animal rights, development and consumer interests, called for organic farming, animal welfare, fair trade and an end to industrial agriculture.
The European Commission's proposed Investment Court System will drastically increase the risk of claims against the EU and continue to give special privileges to foreign investors at the expense of the environment and citizens, Friends of the Earth Europe has today stated.
Across Europe, citizens stood shoulder to shoulder this month in a series of protests and actions that demonstrated the ever increasing public opposition to the faltering Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal.
Our member groups joined hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Europe's town and cities as part of a an International Week of Actions (10-17 October) to stand against the Trojan horse treaty that puts profits for big business ahead of our society, health & environment.
A leaked European Union document has revealed that the EU is willing to trade away essential environmental safeguards during the ongoing EU-US trade talks.
A European week of actions (10-17 October) against toxic trade deals is underway, illustrating the ever-growing public mobilisation against Trojan Horse treaties such as the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
EU officials continue to ignore the unprecedented public opposition to the proposed deals, but ongoing TTIP talks are in a dire state, writes Natacha Cingotti, trade campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.
A petition against the TTIP trade deal between Europe and the US, which has been signed by more than three million people, was handed to the European Commission in Brussels today.
One year on from the end of EU-Canada negotiations on a Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the fundamental risks it poses to democracy, citizens' protections and the environment loom larger than ever, writes Natacha Cingotti, trade campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Commission has today announced its plan for reform of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), the investor rights part of trade deals including the ongoing TTIP negotiations between the European Union and the United States.
The main thrust of the proposal is a new Investment Court System which would replace the ISDS mechanism in all on-going and future EU investment negotiations.