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Irresponsible EU parliament vote on ISDS tomorrow

April 15, 2014

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 EU…

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German Parliament questions on TTIP

March 26, 2014

Thanks to the tool Offenesparlament.de you can find what questions are asked by Members of the German Bundestag (MdB) concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to the German government. For instance the Government stipulates that sectoral exclusions are impossible because of WTO principles (Dr.…

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European Commission prepares to surrender our privacy

March 17, 2014

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…

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US wants to undermine privacy in TTIP negotiations

March 6, 2014

(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…

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Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter

February 28, 2014

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…

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A word on chlorinated chicken in TTIP

February 28, 2014

These days the European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht claims chlorinated chicken was not a valid concern of the TTIP negotiations. EU investment agreements will explicitly state that legitimate government public policy decisions – on issues such as the balance between public and private…

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Commission says no IP harmonisation with TTIP

February 26, 2014

The Commission announced: Given the efficiency of their respective systems, the intention is not to strive towards harmonisation, but to identify a number of specific issues where divergences will be addressed. What does “harmonisation” mean within the European Union institutions? Addressing legal and regulatory divergences…

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IP and privacy in TTIP / TAFTA

February 25, 2014

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…

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