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Economy & Jobs 21-12-2017

EU and Mexico fail to conclude political agreement on trade deal

There will be no modernised trade deal with Mexico for Christmas. Despite having spent three days in Brussels, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo hasn't managed to break the deadlock over the contentious outstanding issues, namely geographical indications and investment protection.
Economy & Jobs 03-11-2017

The UN makes progress on multinationals’ duty of care

The UN has confirmed that a treaty on multinational corporations’ respect for human rights is in the making, despite opposition from developed countries. EURACTIV France reports.
12-10-2017

Multilateral Investment Court: an utterly flawed and unjust system

The European Commission's plans for a Multilateral Investment Court sanctions a biased and ineffective arbitration system, leaving people and the environment exposed to international investors' whims, writes Fabian Flues.
CETA 20-09-2017

CETA goes live, but not without foes

On Thursday (21 September), the EU-Canada trade agreement enters provisionally into force, sparking a rehash of old claims.
CETA 06-09-2017

Belgium seeks EU court opinion on EU-Canada free trade deal

Belgium asked the European Court of Justice on Wednesday (6 September) for its view on the EU-Canada free-trade agreement, part of a compromise reached with its French-speaking Wallonia region, which had threatened to block the deal last year.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

EU-Japan trade deal learns nothing from ‘TTIP mistakes’

The European Commission is negotiating a free trade deal with Japan behind closed doors. Critics complain that Brussels has learned nothing from the controversy surrounding CETA and TTIP. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2017

EU, US to set up joint task force to make progress on trade in Trump era

The European Union and the United States agreed on Thursday (25 May) to set up a joint delegation to increase trade cooperation, after the EU-US free trade deal negotiations were put on ice with the election of Donald Trump.
Economy & Jobs 19-05-2017

Trust in EU trade policy boosted by court decision

Following the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling on the EU-Singapore trade deal, MEP Christofer Fjellner urges the Commission to come up with a roadmap so future agreements do not face the same gauntlet as the EU-Canada deal.
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, ECJ rules

The European Union will have to secure approval from national parliaments in order to finalise a free trade deal with Singapore. The bloc’s top court ruled that the agreement in "its current form" cannot be handled by the Commission acting alone.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2017

France’s top court questions constitutionality of CETA

The French Constitutional Court has launched a full investigation into the EU-Canada free trade deal CETA. The deal’s opponents call for it to be suspended. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 15-02-2017

MEPs approve EU-Canada trade deal

After a heated debate in Parliament on Wednesday (15 February), MEPs have given the green light to the EU-Canada trade agreement, clearing the way for the deal to come into force provisionally this spring.
Trade & Society 26-01-2017

Paris counts on Trump to shock EU into action on trade

The EU must latch onto the change of tack announced by the United States regarding international trade, and use it as an opportunity to redefine its own trade policy, according to France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

CETA and the crumbling Grand Coalition

European Parliament President Martin Schulz hasn’t vacated his post yet but talk of the Grand Coalition falling apart is already rife in Brussels. Final approval of CETA could be a huge opportunity for the socialists to claw back some ground, writes Pieter de Pous.
Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Wallonia proposes new rules for negotiating international trade deals

The Belgian region of Wallonia, which gained worldwide notoriety by keeping the CETA agreement and an EU-Canada summit hostage for several days, unveiled the Namur Declaration on Monday (5 December), proposing a new way to negotiate international trade treaties.
Trade & Society 18-11-2016

CETA is ‘no gold standard’ finds report, ahead of vote in Parliament

New research has found that the EU-Canada trade deal fails to deliver on environmental promises and does nothing to encourage the transition to renewable energy or to enforce other climate mitigation measures called for in the Paris Agreement.

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

French-American political scientist and activist Susan George says that the political mainstream has abandoned many people – and they vote for populists. On CETA, she does not consider it very different from TTIP, George told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Trade & Society 02-11-2016

The Wallonian mouse that roared

The relief that accompanied the 11th hour agreement between Wallonia and Europe on the EU-Canada trade deal shows little has been learned from the ongoing debate over the “winners and losers of globalisation", writes Steven Hill.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Belgium's political leaders are set for a new round of talks to try and resolve differences that have blocked a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Udo Bullmann: It is ‘correct’ to give regions say on CETA deal

SPD MEP Udo Bullmann does not think it is a mistake to make agreements like the teetering CETA deal dependent on the approval of regions like Wallonia. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Schulz makes a plea to back EU-Canada trade deal

European Parliament President Martin Schulz made a plea on Wednesday (19 October) to back the EU-Canada trade deal insisting it has the power to shape globalisation.
13-10-2016

The Brief: Nicola the Bruce

Robert the Bruce was a Scottish king. He is famous for two things, one of which involves a spider. The other involves thumping the English.

Commission faces EU court battle over secret TTIP documents

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission faces an EU court battle to keep secret its lawyers’ analysis on whether the controversial investor-state-dispute (ISDS) clause in draft trade deals with the USA and Canada is illegal.
Trade & Society 07-10-2016

Leaked CETA declaration given short shrift

Five leaked pages of a draft declaration on the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, have surfaced ahead of a Council meeting on 18 October when all member states will be asked to adopt it. It has done little to placate the concerns of the agreement's critics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.