The EU appears to have given the US oil company ExxonMobil access to confidential negotiating strategies considered too sensitive to be released to the European public during its negotiations with the US on the trade agreement TTIP , documents reveal.
Ninety-nine percent of European and US companies—over 20 million in the EU and 28 million in the US – are SMEs. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is supposed to create new opportunities especially for SMEs, given that trade barriers tend to disproportionately burden smaller firms, which have fewer resources to overcome them than larger firms. SMEs provide two-thirds of all private sector jobs and have a tremendous capacity to create new employment. EurActiv is providing a platform for SMEs leaders to voice their opinion on TTIP.
A potential trade pact between the European Union and Guyana must contain land rights protections for local residents in order to avert the possible displacement of indigenous people, activists said on Tuesday (24 November).
EXCLUSIVE / The suspended Free Trade Agreement with Thailand will “never be ratified” whilst the country is under a military dictatorship, a top aide to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom admitted on Friday (20 November).
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, suggesting closer trade ties between the EU and the Russian-led Eurasian Union once a ceasefire is implemented in Ukraine.
A ten-year long competition investigation into the Greek beer market has raised questions over the European Commission’s ability to enforce fair competition in the EU member states. EurActiv Greece reports .
The EU and Australia have agreed to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) during the margins of the G20 summit in Turkey, whilst also on Monday (16 November), the Council gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on an FTA with the Philippines.
The EU's new Trade for All strategy, presented last month by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, seems to favour northern countries too much, MEP Tiziana Beghin told EurActiv ahead of a hearing in Parliament on Thursday (12 November).
Few issues have caused more friction between Israel and the European Union than EU plans to impose labelling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land. And if Israel is right about the timing, the tensions could get worse.
European Union ministers agreed a list of "concrete actions" to deal with the crisis facing the steel sector - but failed to agree on urgent measures that steelmakers are demanding to stem a flood of cheap imports from China which caused 5,000 job looses in the sector over the past three months.