24 November 2017

Ten reasons why the EU’s proposal for a Multilateral Investment Court doesn’t fix a fundamentally flawed system

The European Commission is planning to establish a so-called Multilateral Investment Court (MIC), a new international court where corporations can sue governments for laws and regulations that harm their profits.

24 November 2017

At the beginning of 2017 the European Commission conducted a public consultation on the proposed Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). This briefing scrutnises the public consultation and finds that the scope, questions and methodology were highly inadequate and prevented a broad range of stakeholders from expressing their views and that the Commission misrepresented the consultation results, alleging much higher support for the MIC than was actually provided by respondents.

15 November 2017

English translation of the German Association of Judges opinion on the proposal for the Multilateral Investment Court system (MIC).

This translation was provided by EuroMinds Linguistics and has not been verified by the Deutsche Richterbund. Only the German original is an authentic document of the Deutsche Richterbund and can be found here: http://www.drb.de/stellungnahmen/2017/multilateraler-gerichtshof-fuer-investitionsstreitigkeiten.html

20 March 2017

S2B position on the European Commission proposal for a multilateral investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism

Globalisation is at a dangerous crossroads. One path leads to stronger protection for human rights and the environment and to regained policy-space for
governments to address climate change, inequality and other pressing issues of our times. The other leads to more rights for corporations to bully decision-makers

20 December 2016

Across the world people are already being hit hard by climate change. Some communities are being evacuated to avoid the rising oceans, while droughts and record-breaking floods made worse by climate change are devastating the lives of people across the planet. 2015 was the warmest year on record and saw global sea levels reach their highest since records began.

19 October 2016

Friends of the Earth Europe has developed a poster to show support to Wallonia in their stand to Stop CETA.

The posters are available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque. You can choose between A3 and A4 formats.


We propose the following action:

- People can print out the poster

- They can display it in their window

- They can take a picture and promote those on twitter, facebook, etc.

12 October 2016

Seven years after negotiations began on the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), political leaders appear finally ready to sign the deal at a ceremony in Brussels in October 2016. Much has changed since then. For Europe, CETA started as a low-profile agreement with broad, if mostly disinterested, political support. It is now the target of a resurgent progressive coalition of social justice groups, environmental organisations and labour, who perceive the deal, correctly, as a threat to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic.

11 October 2016

A passage-by-passage analysis of the Joint Interpretative Declaration.

19 September 2016

On September 26, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced the conclusion of a far-reaching economic integration agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement included an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, later tweaked and re-branded as ICS (Investment Court System) in February 2016, which could unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states, and could dangerously thwart government efforts to protect citizens and the environment.

9 May 2016

This briefing, analysing the leaked chapter on 'regulatory cooperation' (02 May 2016) in the EU-US trade negotiations (TTIP) confirms fears that TTIP will lead to attacks on democracy and regulation in the public interest.