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Small countries no say on trade pact | 1-September-2014

A recent report shows that small countries eager to join mega-regionals trade deals like the TPP could dock into the agreement but they would not have much say.

Le baiser de la mort de l’Europe à l’Afrique | 1-September-2014

Après plus de dix ans d’une sourde bataille, l’Union européenne a enfin vaincu la résistance des pays africains qui refusaient de conclure avec elle les traités de libre-échange prévus depuis 2000 par l’accord de Cotonou, écrit Jacques Berthelot

Trade deal ’worth £10bn a year’ | 1-September-2014

UK Government has hit back at critics of a new trade deal, insisting it will create jobs, increase wages and boost the UK economy by £10 billion a year.

TPP nations kick off fresh officials meeting in Vietnam | 1-September-2014

Senior officials from 12 countries involved in the Pacific Rim free trade initiative began a fresh round of negotiations in Hanoi on Monday, aiming to clear a path for a broad agreement within this year.

China, Japan, ROK kick off 5th round of FTA talks | 1-September-2014

China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) started the fifth round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations in Beijing on Monday.

Ambassador: We can’t ratify the EU-Canada Treaty easily, Romanian businessmen must have free access like all Europeans | 1-September-2014

Romania can’t ratify the EU-Canada free trade agreement easily as long as Romanian businessmen don’t have the same free visa access to the country as other European citizens do, Romania’s Ambassador to Canada told Mediafax.

Kazakhstan may leave EEU if its interests are infringed: Nazarbayev | 31-August-2014

Kazakhstan has a right to withdraw from the Eurasian Economic Union if its interests are infringed, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev reminded in an interview to Khabar TV Channel.

El Acuerdo Comercial con la Unión Europea amenaza a los pequeños productores locales en el Ecuador | 29-August-2014

Ante la anunciada firma de un Acuerdo Comercial con la Unión Europea, Elizabeth Bravo, señala que en la actualidad el Ecuador importa en su mayoría semillas hortícolas para la producción agrícola, que luego son exportadas, desde y hacia la Unión Europea, lo que convierte a nuestro país en una especie de maquila de producción agrícola, en la que todos los problemas sociales y ambientales asociados a este tipo de agricultura son asumidos por los campesinos, y sus tierras.

TTIP: UK government not trusted to protect NHS from American investors | 29-August-2014

Despite government claims that public services will be protected from the EU’s free trade agreement with the US, 42% of British people don’t trust them to protect the NHS from privatisation.

CETA leak: Crucial questions unanswered | 29-August-2014

Latest version of trade deal leaves too much up to non-existent commission, lawyers say.

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  • Indonesia’s termination of the Netherlands–Indonesia BIT: Broader implications in the Asia-Pacific? | 23-August-2014
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    Drafts and done deals
  • EU-Canada FTA (CETA) (consolidated draft, 1 Aug 2014) | 13-August-2014
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  • Japan-Iraq BIT (2012) | 30-July-2014
  • Japan-Mozambique BIT (2013) | 30-July-2014
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  • Comments
    S&D Group president Gianni Pittella: "We oppose ISDS mechanism in EU-Canada trade deal" | 1-September-2014
    read: So, states should be allowed to inflict multi-billion dollar fines on corporations trough state institutions and courts, but corporations should not be allowed to sue governments for expropriation, backward-enforced laws and other populist transgres ...
    Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive | 26-August-2014
    John: If the US government gets their way Europe is going to stay busy building more hospitals and graduating more doctors.
    US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP | 21-August-2014
    Bernard k. Gordon: The title of this report does not comport with the facts as contained in the report. The US acted in good faith, in a way specifically designed to promote sound environmental goals related to forestry. Those goals were supported by the U.S. Congress ...
    War of the FTAs | 21-August-2014
    Bernard k. Gordon: A biased and ill-informed report. Among many other problems, it misstates the original goals of the WTO, and it totally ignores the facts surrounding the creation of the TPP. It is in essence a scare-tactic report that does not warrant serious atten ...
    Africa’s "grand" FTA negotiation progressing well: SADC officials | 20-August-2014
    Professor Gilbert NMO Morris: Free Trade Zones, secured by Free Trade Agreements are as notoriously popular as they are infamously over-rated. The problem is not the intention of the designers. It is rather a lack of intention or design sufficiently imagined, implemented and man ...
    Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive | 19-August-2014
    John: In 1969 I worked in the USA for 6 months. During that time I gained a lot of weight which I lost after return to the UK. My GP claimed that it may have been due to the growth hormones fed to USA cattle getting into the human food chain which was dis ...
    EU-Canada trade deal leak ‘ridicules’ TTIP consultation, campaigners say | 15-August-2014
    anonymous: The notion that investors are greedy and governments and national courts work solely in people's interest is wrong. There are EU member states where corruption is rife and whose governments, legislatures and courts aren't trusted by their ...
    TTIP won’t let big banks wriggle out of regulations, EU negotiators insist | 12-August-2014
    Chris: Where does TiSA fit in? It would be easy to make such assurances about TTIP if the "more secret" TiSA services deal was in fact where the worst was hidden. Wikileaks published documents in June which show TiSA mandating a very high level o ...
    TULF on TTIP | 23-Aug-2014

    AFTINET on ISDS | 13-Aug-2014