21 September 2018

On 21 September 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada entered into force provisionally and was applied to 90%.


The CETA controversy has led the European Commission to rebrand the undemocratic ISDS tribunals (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) as ICS (Investment Court System). However, the changes are minor and only procedural while the main points of criticism against ISDS have not been addressed.

10 July 2018

From 9 to 13 July, the 5th round of negotiations between Indonesia and the EU for a free trade agreement are taking place. The fact that there was no public announcement of the round highlights the lack of transparency surrounding the negotiations.
To see if this trade deal would support a fair economy, Friends of the Earth Europe did a sustainability check of the draft texts the EU has published. The agreement scores only 4.5 out of 20 points - a clear fail.

The main findings are:

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