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Seven people can not represent civil society

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

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

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

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

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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European Parliament waives the right to be informed

By Ante

In an interview with Inside U.S. Trade, European Parliament International Trade committee Chairman Vital Moreira said, regarding the trade negotiations with the United States (TTIP / TAFTA), that he is not now pressing the European Commission to provide parliament members with access to U.S. negotiating proposals, but that could change if the U.S. authorizes the commission to share these proposals with member states. According...

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Critical Dutch parliament resolution on investor – state dispute settlement

By Ante

Yesterday the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) adopted a resolution critical of investor – state dispute settlement (Dutch, pdf). Google translation. My translation: RESOLUTION OF THE MEMBER Van Ojik C.S. Presented November 28, 2013 The House, heard the deliberations, noting that investor – state dispute settlement (ISDS), or arbitration under an investment treaty, may be part of the trade agreement between the United States and...

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Negotiators determined to transfer sovereignty to companies

By Ante

During a stakeholders meeting on the TTIP / TAFTA trade agreement, EU and US negotiators showed determination to transfer sovereignty to companies. On Friday 15 November, the last day of the second TTIP negotiating round, the EU commission organised a stakeholders meeting. Chief negotiators Dan Mullaney (US) and Ignacio Garcia Bercero (EU) gave a short talk and answered questions. In the stakeholders meeting many...

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