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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.