CETA: A significant shift in democratic governance

  By Ellen Gould Imagine a far-off dystopia when foreign corporations are given the same status as citizens in public hearings. When the overriding priority for government in issuing licenses for fracking, pipeline and other projects is to make the process simple for corporations. When, regardless of how much a project is opposed by the […]

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Le CETA porte atteinte à la Constitution française, alerte foodwatch

Le CETA porte atteinte à la Constitution française, alerte foodwatch   Plusieurs dispositions du CETA, l’accord de commerce et d’investissement entre l’UE et le Canada, portent atteinte à la Constitution française, selon les analyses de Dominique Rousseau, professeur de droit constitutionnel et d’Evelyne Lagrange et Laurence Dubin, professeurs de droit international public. Pour foodwatch, c’est […]

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CETA Without Blinders: How Cutting ‘Trade Costs and More’ Will Cause Unemployment, Inequality and Welfare Losses

Pierre Kohler and Servaas Storm GDAE Working Paper 16-03 September 2016 Download the Working Paper Download the Executive Summary The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is now in the process of being ratified by Canada and the European Union (EU). Like other ‘new generation’ trade agreements, CETA aims at further liberalizing trade, investment and […]

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Moving Regulation out of Democratic Reach: Regulatory Cooperation in CETA and Its Implications

Ronan O´Brien   Summary   Regulatory cooperation in CETA potentially has profound implications. It is part of a broader international effort by the rich countries and their companies to control domestic regulation through international trade agreements that override domestic laws. In CETA, regulatory cooperation in principle covers a vast area, both goods and services, trade […]

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ISDS in the Revised CETA: Positive Steps, But Is It a “Gold Standard”?

ISDS in the Revised CETA: Positive Steps, But Is It a “Gold Standard”? Investor-State Arbitration Commentary Series No. 6 Series: Cosmic or Cosmetic Reform: Commentaries on the real and imagined potential of CETA’s investment tribunal by: Gus Van Harten Published: May 20, 2016 Canada and the European Union released a revised Comprehensive Economic and Trade […]

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TTIP leaks prove that European way of life is at stake

TTIP leaks prove that European way of life is at stake 03/05/2016 Following yesterday’s leak of TTIP negotiation documents from both the EU and the US, GUE/NGL MEPs are calling for further transparency and public debate on TTIP and other international trade negotiations. GUE/NGL Coordinator on the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee and Shadow Rapporteur […]

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Greenpeace Netherlands :  TTIP Leaks

http://ttip-leaks.org/   Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. . This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US. Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about […]

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The Zombie ISDS. Rebranded as ICS, rights for corporations to sue states refuse to die

You can find the report “The Zombie ISDS. Rebranded as ICS, rights for corporations to sue states refuse to die”  here: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/the_zombie_isds.pdf Executive summaries are available in English: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/zombie-isds-ex-sum-en.pdf French: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/tni_ics_summary-fr_01.3.pdf German: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/zombie-isds-ex-sum-de.pdf and Spanish: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/zombie-isds-ex-sum-es_0.pdf   The report concludes with 7 reasons to oppose the proposed Investment Court System (ICS) in TTIP, CETA, but also all other […]

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Why You Should Be Concerned about TTIP and Access to Medicines

http://commonsnetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Position-Statement-TTIP-and-Access-to-Medicines.pdf http://commonsnetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SP-Position-Statement-TTIP-and-Access-to-Medicines.pdf [Commons Network, HAI, Public Citizen] Why You Should Be Concerned about TTIP and Access to Medicines February 17 2016.Both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are confronted with increasingly high medicine prices. European Member States are facing a looming access to medicines crisis as they struggle to afford new, patented, […]

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