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.
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.
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.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has the potential to benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) considerably if it is tailored to their real needs, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini .
EU and US negotiators need to step up efforts on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) to bring SMEs fully into the fold – not with good intentions and unsupported promises, but with constructive arguments, writes Cindy Miller.
Current legislative work on endocrine disruptors, which is potentially being undermined by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), is a prime example of how short term profits are being given priority over people and the environment, argues Robert Pederson.
TTIP represents a land of opportunity for businesses. Opening up markets on both sides of the Atlantic will create a wealth of business opportunities, and EU negotiators should adopt a small business perspective, too, writes David Caro.
Software innovation is threatened by a new wave of protectionism in the digital economy. EU and US negotiators can use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to take a stand against this troubling trend, writes Victoria Espinel.
If the Europeans and Americans manage to conclude negotiations over the transatlantic free trade agreement (TTIP), they will have succeeded in setting up a blueprint for a "new generation" of 21st century trade agreements, writes Elvire Fabry.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a huge opportunity that neither the US nor Europe can afford to waste and it requires all involved to undertake all efforts necessary to address at least the main hurdles with realism and determination, writes Hendrik Bourgeois.
Although EU-US negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were launched with bombastic rhetoric, the last couple of weeks have seen confidence wane. Negotiations will take longer and the economic benefits of a deal will be far smaller than originally claimed, write Ferdi De Ville and Gabriel Siles-Brügge.
This week saw the launch of the third round of talks on the EU-US free trade agreement (TTIP). Gabriel Siles-Brügge and Ferdi De Ville challenge the proclaimed benefits of this much-vaunted trade agreement, saying the deal is a distraction and it will unlikely boost growth.
If we all agree on the same end goal when it comes to regulating risk, we need to get better at working together, writes Patrick Thomas. Science should always be the cornerstone of risk assessment, but industry needs to make more of an effort to listen to concerns of different stakeholders.
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