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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
?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.
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.