About: Cecilia Malmström

Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Mercosur free trade deal could fail yet again

The risk that the EU-Mercosur trade talks get derailed yet again is high, writes Iana Dreyer, spelling out the warning signs.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

CETA not the progressive agreement it claims to be

The EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) will raise international standards while creating jobs, according to its supporters. Both assumptions are wrong: if CETA really was such a progressive agreement, it would have been negotiated in a transparent way and democracy would not have been undermined by preliminary application, argue a number of MEPS.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Trade & Society 25-07-2016

EU-China economic ties will withstand disputes over MES

Overall the economic ties between the EU and China are of such importance that they will withstand the disputes over 'Market Economy Status' (MES), writes Fraser Cameron.
Monique goyens
Trade & Society 04-05-2016

Since when is TTIP not a BIG deal?

If the European Commission wishes to live up to its promise to take protection of our standards seriously, it has to cut short on its spin that a deal by the end of this year is still achievable, writes Monique Goyens.
Trade & Society 15-03-2016

EU free trade deal will trap Vietnam in low-wage, low-skill cycle

The EU Ombudsman criticised the Commission this month for failing to provide an audit of how its Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam would affect human rights before signing off the deal. Ruth Kelly, explains how it will trap Vietnam in a low-profit-low-wage cycle.
Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Latest round of TTIP talks boost momentum

Progress was made in the latest round of TTIP talks, but negotiators have a long way to go if the deal is to be signed before Barack Obama leaves office. Michael McKeon gives a briefing on the latest developments.
TTIP talks blocked by Greenpeace
Trade & Society 22-02-2016

TTIP’s proposed Investment Court System should fool no one

Commissioner Malmström’s proposal for an Investment Court System in the transatlantic trade agreement has relied on the argument that it is a ‘public court’, based on democratic principles. However, Natacha Cingotti argues there is simply no need for special investors’ privileges and tribunals in TTIP.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

ISDS myths have to be addressed

The fate of TTIP and CETA are linked, due to the issue of investment protection. If the Commission demands a renegotiation of the chapter in CETA or continues along the path of asking for different measures in TTIP, then it will lose its credibility as a negotiator, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Trade & Society 16-12-2015

Anti-dumping transparency is clearly needed

The European Commission’s Trade For All strategy, released in October, contains much to appreciate, especially from the Foreign Trade Association’s perspective, which represents EU importers, retailers and brand-names, writes Christian Ewert.
Trade & Society 06-11-2015

Trade is not just about economics, but also values

Today, trade agreements are not only about increased exports and imports.  They are also about values, standards and our global responsibilities. The EU-US trade deal is a chance to enshrine joint and ambitious commitments to sustainable development, Cecilia Malmström writes the day she presented a proposal for a dedicated chapter in TTIP.
Trade & Society 23-10-2015

Trade and human rights in China: The EU must take action

During a visit to Beijing in October, the EU’s Trade Commissioner emphasised the importance of strengthening the rule of law in China. This must be followed up with action, write four human rights organisations.
Trade & Society 21-10-2015

Does the new EU trade communication deserve to be called a ‘strategy’?

The new EU trade strategy, Trade For All, seeks to please everybody, but fails to confront the most difficult issues ahead of EU trade policy, argues Iana Dreyer.
Trade & Society 08-06-2015

Why does ISDS matter?

Jonathan Peel debunks some myths about ISDS, and explains why business supports investor protection.
Trade & Society 07-05-2015

A parade of ISDS reforms: The Commission’s new float

EXCLUSIVE / The Commission's new ideas to reform the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) are still inadequate to tackle the flaws of the system, and the parade is still going towards special privileges for foreign investors, posing a big risk for democracy, writes Gus Van Harten.
Trade & Society 13-02-2015

TiSA must include a gold-standard clause to protect public services

?Great care is needed to make sure that European public services are excluded from the scope of the Trade in Services agreement under negotiation between the EU and 22 other trade partners. A possible solution could be to include a gold-standard clause, writes Klaus Heeger.
Chinese dragon
Global Europe 09-01-2015

EU should tango with Taiwanese tiger and Chinese dragon

Europe is losing out both economically and politically by letting China dictate its trade diplomacy towards Taiwan, Maaike Okano-Heijmans and Roy Chun Lee argue.
Trade & Society 19-12-2014

The consequences of a crumbling TTIP

A growing number of Europeans see TTIP as selling out Europe's social and environmental standards. Perhaps the EU and the US should have never undertaken this mammoth project, writes Axel Berger.
Cecilia Malmström

The EU needs more labour migration

Labour migration is becoming a sensitive issue and misperceptions are widespread. If the potential of migration to deal with labour and skills shortages is to be further explored, policymakers at all levels have a responsibility to enter into an informed debate based on facts and a long-term view, writes EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

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