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Walloon Parliament rejects CETA
The Walloon Parliament voted against ratification of the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA). The parliament is worried about social and environmental norms and the investor-state arbitration system.
Belgium’s Wallonia vetoes Brussels’ approval of EU-Canada free trade deal
The government of Wallonia (French-speaking Belgian region) has refused to ratify the EU-Canada free trade agreement approved by the Belgian cabinet, the region’s minister-president said.
India, Belgium pitch for resumption of Free Trade Agreement talks
India and Belgium pitched for resumption of the long stalled negotiations on the proposed India-EU free trade agreement (FTA) on "mutually agreed terms" as Prime Minister Modi and his counterpart Michel resolved to strengthen their bilateral ties.
Ministry of economy to assess TTIP impact in Belgium
In a public invitation to tender, the Ministry of the Economy announced recently that it is to investigate the potential impact the free trade agreement between the United States and Europe (TTIP) would have on Belgium.
Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress
At a pro-TTIP congress where the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister was promoting the treaty, a flashmob of attendees stood up singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?" a rousing revolutionary song from Les Miserables.
TTIP: Why we are asking for an immediate suspension? With a sense of urgency !
Human rights organizations have joined the broad Belgian coalition of the trade union confederations, mutuality’s, consumer organizations and environmental and development umbrella NGOs and are asking for an immediate suspension of the TTIP negotiations.
What’s at stake: South Korea vs Lone Star Funds
For those uninitiated in the world of international arbitration, below is the primer of the issues at play in the South Korea-Lone Star Funds arbitration.
We don’t need the TTIP!
The heads of the two main Francophone Belgian unions express their clear reservation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Ill-fated India-EU FTA gets new demand from Belgium
Belgium has demanded greater access to public procurement market for large-scale contracts under the proposed India-EU free trade agreement (FTA), whose fate already hangs in balance. The country also stressed on further tariff reduction on goods by India.
Korea-Belgium investment agreement, a hole for investor lawsuits
The Korean government is fighting a ISD suit by US based private equity fund Lone Star. The ISD suit was established through Lone Star’s paper company in Belgium and initiated through an investment treaty between Belgium and South Korea.
Lone Star’s arbitration claim was possible because of a deficient agreement
The article discusses a blunder in the Korean government in failing to include an anti-paper company clause that is now allowing companies to use the Belgium investment treaty as a backdoor for ISD suits.
South Africa: BITs in pieces
South Africa has terminated a bilateral investment treaty with Belgium and Luxembourg in the first of a series of planned shreddings of post apartheid-era agreements which are coming up for renewal.
Lone Star is back in town, armed with the investor-state dispute system

In a May 31 press release, the US private equity fund Lone Star said it was planning to request investor state dispute (ISD) arbitration for losses suffered due to "unlawful" interference by the South Korean government.

Belgium urged to support efforts for Pak-EU FTA
Belgium, being the Capital of Europe and centre of European politics and policy making, should support the efforts for signing free trade agreement between Pakistan and European Union, says the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Barbados and BLEU sign investment treaty
Barbados and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU) now have a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).
Jordan, Belgium to discuss trade ties
During this visit, the text of a bilateral investment treaty will be initialled by Maen Nsour, chief executive officer of Jordan Investment Board, and the Belgian ambassador in Jordan, Jo Indekeu.
Rwanda, Belgium to sign pacts
The Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs is expected in Rwanda this week to seal trade and investment frameworks with the Rwandan government.
Nicaragua signs ARPPI with Luxembourg, Belgium (Eng/Esp/Fra)
Nicaragua has recently signed Agreements on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments (ARPPI) with Luxembourg and Belgium.