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Trade negotiations and the EU’s strategic interests

By Ante

This week the EU and US hold a second round of trade negotiations. The military and economic power of states depend on their key industries. Both the EU and US want to strengthen their industries, they carefully listen to them. But a corporate agenda is not the same as a strategic interests agenda. For instance, trading away our policy space, access to medicines, our...

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Will the Ombudsman rise to the occassion?

By Ante

A few weeks ago I filed a complaint with the Ombudsman against the European Parliament over the secrecy of legal advice regarding ACTA. The Ombudsman replied that she didn’t want to investigate the complaint as I already got access to the documents (unofficially released versions). In a letter I ask her to reconsider the decision, as the decision seems not in line with an...

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ACTA-plus damages in EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

By Ante

The EU and Singapore initialed and published the text of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). The text contains the much criticized retail price damages, known from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the treaty the European Parliament rejected last year. On top of the retail price damages the judicial authorities have the authority to order the infringer to pay the right holder the infringer’s...

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Complaint against European Parliament over secret legal advice

By Ante

The European Parliament decided to keep the opinions of its legal service on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) secret. I just filed a complaint with the ombudsman against the parliament over this. I argue that the decisions to keep the documents secret were acts of maladministration and a violation of the human right to participate, enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and...

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Investor-to-state dispute settlement: a threat to democracy

By Ante

At the Dutch international camping festival for hackers and makers OHM 2013 I gave a lightning talk about Investor-to-state dispute settlement. Below the text. Investor-to-state dispute settlement: a threat to democracy Welcome everyone, I’m Ante Wessels. I’m involved with Vrijschrift and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure. I will give a short talk about investor-to-state dispute settlement, or ISDS. Why is investor-to-state dispute...

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Lightning talk about investor-to-state dispute settlement @ OHM 2013

By Ante

This summer there will a another international camping festival for hackers and makers, and those with an inquisitive mind, OHM 2013. I will give a short talk about investor-to-state dispute settlement. The announcement: Investor – state dispute settlement: a threat to democracy Why this talk? Consumer and environmental groups identify investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) as the most important threat in upcoming EU trade agreements....

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CEO goes to court over access to documents, needs support

By Ante

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) writes: “Appeal filed over business lobbies’ privileged access in EU-India trade talks Lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory today appealed to the European Court of Justice a ruling from the EU’s General Court over information related to the EU-India free trade talks, which the European Commission shared with corporate lobby groups but later withheld from the public.” The FFII criticised the...

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Openness and the right to participate

By Ante

Monday the EU and US will start negotiations on a trade agreement. Today the FFII sent a comment to the EU Commission and the EU Parliament rapporteurs on this agreement, with a focus on openness and the right to participate. See the PDF version or below. ========== FFII Comment on TTIP: Openness and the right to participate Introduction The EU and US are negotiating...

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