About: Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Trade & Society 20-11-2015

TTIP: The Irish case for increased Transatlantic ties

The US is already the second biggest customer for Irish SMEs, and a successful TTIP agreement will only make this relationship stronger, writes Ian Talbot.

Trade & Society 19-05-2015

National Front joins anti-TTIP lobby

The National Front launched a campaign against the transatlantic trade pact this week, two years after negotiations began between the EU and the United States. EURACTIV France reports

Digital 11-05-2015

Don’t forget big data in TTIP and TISA

The issues of data sovereignty and data protection have been sadly lacking in the debate on trade agreements, writes historian Svend Aage Christensen.

Trade & Society 16-04-2015

TTIP still a hard sell in Paris

Cecilia Malmström this week fielded questions from French MPs on the transatlantic trade deal. Despite determined French opposition, she hopes for a breakthrough that would see the agreement signed before the end of President Obama's mandate in 2017. EURACTIV France reports

Competition 03-04-2015

Make 2015 a year of world trade action

International trade creates wealth and opportunities around the world. But the richest countries must take care to foster, not weaken the poorest, writes Anabel Gonzalez. 

Trade & Society 24-03-2015

International investment court plan threatens our democracy

The European Commission is investigating a permanent international investment court as a replacement for the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS). The plan for a court, and the road map towards it are fundamentally flawed, writes Ante Wessels.

Trade & Society 11-03-2015

Investor protection in TTIP: ‘A head-in-the-sand policy achieves nothing’

Excluding investor protection from TIPP would be a mistake - but a reform is required. Reinhard Quick thinks that an international investment tribunal should be set up to decide on conflicts between investors and states. This would resolve the deficiencies of bilateral investment treaties and give due regard to the citizen's concerns.

Agrifood 09-03-2015

Paris caught meddling in TTIP arbitration debate

France has blamed a communication "failure" after EURACTIV revealed the existence of a letter instructing French MEPs how to vote on the controversial question of ISDS. Paris tried to rectify the error by sending another confidential letter to MEPs on 4 March. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 06-03-2015

Creative accounting and the sales pitch for ISDS

Studies that promote investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) have generated misleading numbers and dubious recommendations. Legislators should approach all studies with caution, warns Gus Van Harten.

Trade & Society 27-02-2015

France makes U-turn on TTIP arbitration

Paris has warned French MEPs not to shut the door on Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms by voting against ISDS. EURACTIV France reports

Trade & Society 02-02-2015

TTIP is good for SMEs

In a survey commissioned by Swedish Enterprise, 700 small and medium-size enterprises point to current legal uncertainty, unequal requirements, double bureaucracy and tariffs as major obstacles to trade with the US, writes Carola Lemne.

Trade & Society 02-02-2015

Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’

The newly-elected government in Athens has always been suspicious of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and will use its Parliament majority to sink the EU-US trade pact, claims a former Syriza MEP now turned minister. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Trade & Society 27-01-2015

Paris and Berlin call for review of EU-Canada trade deal

Trade negotiations between the EU and Canada concluded in October 2013, but France and Germany now want to make changes to the CETA agreement’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause. EURACTIV France reports

Development Policy 23-01-2015

TTIP is ‘big bonanza’ for developing countries, EU claims

The planned EU-US free trade agreement TTIP holds unexpected opportunities for developing countries, according to a recent study. But while the European Commission has high hopes for the deal, NGOs are warning of a transatlantic "Economic NATO" with devastating effects for the global world order. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Agrifood 20-01-2015

No clear majority yet for US trade deal, says EU health chief

No clear majority has emerged so far among EU member states for a free-trade agreement between the EU and the United States, and both sides need to explain the benefits of such a deal, the EU's Health Commissioner has claimed in an interview.

Trade & Society 16-01-2015

For a fair, transparent and effective ISDS in TTIP

TTIP stands to deliver enormous benefits to both the EU and US economies at a time of low growth and high unemployment in many parts of Europe, writes Diego Zuluaga Laguna.

Trade & Society 15-01-2015

France and Germany to form united front against ISDS

France and Germany are both outspoken in their criticisms of the inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism in the ongoing trade talks with the US. The two countries are discussing throwing their combined weight behind a common position onthe matter. EURACTIV France reports

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Trade & Society 13-01-2015

Trading and being treated fairly: Why European industry needs investment protection

Clauses similar to the Investor-State Dispute Mechanism (ISDS) being discussed as part of EU-US trade negotiations have existed for well over 30 years, and has only ever been used as a last resort, writes a coalition of business organisations. Above all it cannot, and has not been used, to overturn governments’ ability to regulate, they claim.

Trade & Society 13-01-2015

TTIP for dummies

In the wake of the global economic crisis and the deadlocked Doha round of international trade talks, the EU and the United States started negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which seeks to go beyond traditional trade deals and create a genuine transatlantic single market. But the road ahead is paved with hurdles.

Trade & Society 13-01-2015

European Parliament committee signals opposition to ISDS

The European Parliament’s trade committee has signalled its opposition to an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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Trade & Society 11-12-2014

Economist: ‘ISDS disconnect between rhetoric and reality’

SPECIAL REPORT: The integrity of EU trade policy, and the European Commission's capacity to negotiate, are on the line in the current ISDS debate, according to a proponent, economist Fredrik Erixon.

Trade & Society 09-12-2014

ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.

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Trade & Society 28-11-2014

Commission defends TTIP’s Dispute Settlement mechanism

The Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism would help to standardise the level of protection for businesses across the EU’s member states, according to the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 20-11-2014

Commission official: The EU is not going to change its food legislation because of TTIP

The EU is not going to change its food safety legislation under the negotiation for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which means that GMOs can be marketed in the EU only once they have been authorised, and beef from the USA would be marketable in Europe only if it is hormone free, Ignacio Garcia Bercero of the European Commission told EURACTIV Czech Republic.