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- EU liberals seem ready to sacrifice our democracy
- FFII submission to Ombudsman consultation on openness in TTIP negotiations
- Who leaked about Juncker and Malmström fighting over ISDS?
- EU Parliament promises to better register its decisions
- 11 October action day against TTIP, CETA and TISA
- ISDS out?
- Steinbrück: Nobody knows what has been negotiated
- US PEC on Cross-Border Data Flows in TTIP and other FTA
- A license to spy – cross-border data flows in TTIP
- 121 scholars speak out against planned ISDS provisions in TTIP
- Encryption on the TTIP agenda
- Flawed Dutch government study on ISDS
Author Archives: Ante
Marietje Schaake, the European Parliament’s liberal group’s (ALDE) spokesperson on the trade agreement with the US (TTIP) published a blog on investor-state arbitration (ISDS). I will discuss her arguments below; to avoid cherry picking, I will quote her whole blog … Continue reading
Foundation for a Free information Infrastructure (FFII) submission to the European Ombudsman public consultation in relation to the transparency of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The submission has a focus on the EU’s human rights obligations. The … Continue reading
Last week the Dutch newspaper NRC revealed a fight between Juncker and Malmström over ISDS. The article (paywall) sketched the context: uninformed activists gaining influence. The article suggested Juncker without good reason giving in. As Juncker does not gain anything … Continue reading
In 2011 the FFII discovered that some European Parliament decisions regarding the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) were not recorded in any known document. A hidden class of documents (“coordinators’ minutes”) seemed to exist, but the Parliament denied … Continue reading
This Saturday 11 October 2014, in hundreds of European cities, civil society organisations, unions and farmers will organise manifestations against EU trade agreements under negotiation. The manifestations regard the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US, the Comprehensive Economic … Continue reading
A 100.000 citizens answered the EU consultation on ISDS, among them 121 academics. Some quotes from their submission: “The Commission’s consultation document is an extraordinary text. On the one hand, the document contains fierce (and, in our opinion, fully justified) … Continue reading
Today the Dutch government published “The Impact of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the TTIP“. The Parliament had asked for this study. The study is flawed. —————- Update: See also the Vrijschrift note “Shortcomings in dutch government study on investor … Continue reading
Update: deadline extended to 13 July, see below. FFII submission to European Commission consultation on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS): This submission concludes that investor-to-state dispute settlement lacks conventional institutional safeguards for independence and has characteristics of a rigged system. The … Continue reading
Investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), the most controversial element of the proposed trade agreement with the US, has characteristics of a rigged system. ISDS gives the US an unfair advantage, we can not expect EU companies to win ISDS cases against … Continue reading
On 3 December 2013, the Dutch Parliament requested the government to investigate the potential social and environmental risks and the consequences of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and the consequences of ISDS for the Netherlands and the financial risks for the … Continue reading