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EU member states may not have a veto on TTIP / TAFTA

By Ante

After the negotiations, the EU member states may not have a veto on the proposed trade agreement with the US (TTIP / TAFTA). I wrote earlier about some issues with the EU draft mandate for the EU – US trade agreement. In addition, I note that the draft TTIP mandate (pdf) does not mention criminal measures. Criminal measures were the reason that the EU...

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EP trade committee rejects meaningful TTIP amendments

By Ante

Today the European Parliament International Trade committee voted on a draft resolution on the EU – US trade agreement (TTIP / TAFTA). La Quadrature du Net summarizes it: EU Parliament Opens The Door to Copyright Repression in TAFTA. The INTA committee could have voted meaningful amendments into the draft resolution, but declined to do that. Intellectual property The committee adopted this compromise amendment: “Stresses...

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FFII letter to European Parliament Trade committee on agreement with US

By Ante

Today the FFII sent a letter to the European Parliament committee on International Trade. Thursday 25 April 2013 the committee will vote on 198 amendments to a draft resolution on the EU – US trade agreement (TTIP / TAFTA) Text as pdf, or below: 22 April 2013 Dear Members of the International Trade committee, We are writing to express our concerns with the proposed...

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198 amendments to European Parliament TTIP / TAFTA resolution

By Ante

25 April at 10 am, the European Parliament International Trade committee will vote on a draft resolution on the proposed EU – US trade agreement (TAFTA / TTIP). There are 198 amendments, on many subjects, like intellectual property out (especially from amendment 114), others aim at stronger IP, investor – state dispute resolution out (amendments 163, 164), more transparency. Some mention ACTA. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/organes/inta/inta_20130424_0900.htm agenda...

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Text of trade agreement with Singapore will be published before the summer

By Ante

Last week I wrote that the trade agreement with Singapore will be secret until it enters into force. The statement was based on an email from EU Trade Spokesperson John Clancy. It turns out this is not correct, the text will be published before the summer. When I first contacted Mr Clancy, the FFII email server was down. I used a personal email address....

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Trade agreement with Singapore secret until it enters into force

By Ante

Update: Text of trade agreement with Singapore will be published before the summer ========================================================== (FFII press release) Text also below: Brussels, 12 April 2013 — The EU Commission decided to keep the trade agreement with Singapore secret until it enters into force. With this decision the Commission betrays European citizens and democracy, according to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII). In December...

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Issues with EU draft mandate for the EU – US trade agreement

By Ante

Inside U.S. Trade obtained the draft EU mandate for the EU – US trade agreement (TTIP / TAFTA) (pdf), this is the proposal the Commission sent to the Council for a mandate to start the negotiations. I note 6 issues here. Copyright and patents The agreement will include intellectual property rights. This is wrong, as there is a deep divide in our societies over...

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The EU-US trade agreement and obligations under ICESCR

By Ante

Seven members of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) asked the Commission a question on the proposed EU-US trade agreement. The EU is obliged to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The EU’s obligation results from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States (Article 6(3) TEU), since all EU member states have...

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