Irresponsible EU parliament vote on ISDS tomorrow

April 15, 2014
By Ante

Tomorrow the EU parliament will vote on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The parliament will vote on a regulation regarding “International agreements: framework for managing financial responsibility linked to investor-state dispute settlement tribunals”. See the procedure file. The regulation is a deal between council and parliament, it establishes rules for managing the financial consequences of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Who will have to pay, the...

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European Commission prepares to surrender our privacy

March 17, 2014
By Ante

In my previous post I wrote that in the US – EU trade negotiations (TTIP / TAFTA) the US tabled a proposal that will undermine our privacy. I asked the EU chief negotiator a question about this. He did not acknowledge the issue, so he keeps open the option to surrender our privacy. Negotiations Last week the 4th round of US – EU trade...

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US wants to undermine privacy in TTIP negotiations

March 6, 2014
By Ante

(Updated) In the EU – US trade negotiations (TTIP / TAFTA) the US tabled a proposal that would prohibit to require local data storage. If the EU accepts this proposal, the EU would give away an instrument essential to protect privacy. On 5 March 2014 the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament organised a meeting on the complex relationship between data protection, the Transatlantic...

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Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter

February 28, 2014
By Ante

Today the German Pirate party published a leaked version of the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of the EU – Canada trade agreement (CETA), version as of 17 December 2013. See Carta blog: Piraten leaken CETA-Dokument zu IPR (German). At first sight, the chapter does not go beyond EU law. That is not good news, in the sense that there are serious problems with...

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IP and privacy in TTIP / TAFTA

February 25, 2014
By Ante

With other representatives of civil society organisations and business stakeholders, I spent an afternoon at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs talking about the ongoing talks on a proposed EU – US trade agreement (TTIP/TAFTA). Intellectual property (IP) Of course, the ministry assured us that TTIP will not contain ACTA-like Internet provisions or provisions that will limit access to medicine. TTIP will neither change...

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Seven people can not represent civil society

February 24, 2014
By Ante

On 10 February the Information Society Project at Yale Law School organised a debate on Trade and Transparency in the Internet Age. Below my introduction: I would first like to thank the university for the invitation to speak here. I will say a few things about ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, about its lack of openness, both in the negotiation phase and in the...

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Make copyright compatible with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

January 26, 2014
By Ante

I just made a personal submission to the Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules. I used the You can fix copyright website. Very handy, thanks! I added an attachment, see below or pdf, in which I argue that copyright law has to be made compatible with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). ——– Copyright law...

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EU Commission set to betray us with ISDS

January 22, 2014
By Ante

Faced with massive critique, the European Commission announced a consultation on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ISDS gives multinationals the right to sue states before special tribunals if changes in law may lead to lower profits than expected. Multinationals can challenge reform of copyright and patent law, challenge environmental and health policies. The Commission even announced the publication of a proposed EU text. That seems...

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EU Ombudsman conflates negotiation and ratification documents

January 19, 2014
By Ante

I wrote a letter to the European Ombudsman to solve a misunderstanding regarding my complaint against the European Parliament (see below or pdf). ACTA is dead in Europe, but there are still issues with disclosure of documents. In 2012, the European Parliament refused to disclose the parliament’s legal service’s opinion on ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. In September 2013 I filed a complaint with...

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EU faces double whammy with investor-to-state dispute settlement

December 12, 2013
By Ante

In an interview with Inside U.S. Trade, European Parliament International Trade committee chairman Vital Moreira, talking about the trade negotiations with the United States (TTIP / TAFTA), defended the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. Under ISDS companies can sue states if new laws threaten to make expected profits lower. The cases are handled outside national court systems, by tribunals consisting of three investment lawyers....

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