The European Commission has today released the long-awaited results of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the context of the EU-US trade talks (also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP). Based on the text of the investment chapter of the recently concluded EU-Canada deal, the consultation was launched last spring in an attempt to silence criticism of the system.
New research today reveals that European governments have already paid at least €3.5 billion to private investors due to a clause in international trade deals. The mechanism – known as 'investor-state dispute settlement' – is set to become more widely used if EU trade deals with Canada and the US go ahead as planned.
Friends of the Earth Europe today cautiously welcomed moves announced by the European Commission to increase the transparency of the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations. While the new rules are a positive step, they fall short of providing full transparency and openness to allow a proper public debate on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
After two months, three countries and nine cities the giant Trojan horse that is touring Europe has already raised awareness among thousands of people of the dangers of the proposed EU-US trade deal.
With actions in cities across Hungary, Germany and Denmark, Friends of the Earth groups have used the Trojan horse to engage and mobilise citizens against the trade deal, which would put corporate interests over the needs of people and the planet.
Fears are growing that the proposed EU-US trade deal (known as TTIP) will lead to food contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being allowed into Europe for human consumption, despite public reassurances that food safety standards would be maintained.
The 7th round of negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) kicks off in Washington DC today, amid growing civil society protests at the dangers of the proposed deal for democracy and essential regulations in the areas of public health, safety, the environment and the financial sector.
Today was the first date on Friends of the Earth's 'Trojan Treaty' tour – a European tour of a giant Trojan horse to raise awareness of the threats posed by the secret EU-US trade talks.
Friends of the Earth Europe have written to EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht, to warn that fair, sustainable and safe food could permanently be damaged by the transatlantic trade deal currently being negotiated.
The extreme lack of transparency surrounding the EU-US trade talks is coming under increasing pressure today, as the European Ombudsman calls for documents related to the talks to be published, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
The United States and Canadian governments are using ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands unfettered access to its market, according to a new report out today.
As trade negotiations between the EU and US on a transatlantic trade treaty continue in Brussels this week, the research by European and North American environmental organisations reveals how Canada and the US have been using trade talks to pressure Europe to weaken its climate policy.