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- Last post, the FFII has a new blog
- EU Parliament EPP group in favour of ISDS
- Seven things you should know about EU-Singapore ISDS
- 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
Author Archives: Ante
This is our last post on acta.ffii.org. The European Parliament rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the commission withdrew the referral to the court, and only Japan ratified the agreement. We knew that elements of ACTA would pop up in … Continue reading
The European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest group in the European Parliament, is in favour of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). I will discuss their position and conclude it creates three risks. First, it risks subjecting the EU to a corrupt … Continue reading
In October 2014 the European Commission published the draft text of the EU-Singapore trade agreement (EUSFTA) investment chapter. It contains investment protection rules for foreign investors and the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which gives foreign investors special rights in … Continue reading
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