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Philippines, EFTA sign deal this week to explore possible free trade accord
The Philippine government and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) will sign a Joint Declaration on Cooperation on 23 June, setting the stage for negotiations on a free trade agreement.
Angela Merkel wants hurdles removed to EU-Mercosur free trade pact
German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Brazil on Sunday that she will do her utmost to bring to a successful end the 15-year-old negotiation of a free trade deal between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur trade bloc.
India: Centre hints at changes in FTA policy, Companies Act
Amid criticism from India Inc, the government on Saturday said it has initiated a review of the free trade agreements (FTAs) and the Companies Act, besides looking into the functioning of special economic zones, in what is being seen as pointers to possible changes to controversial decisions of the previous government.
Anti-transparency rules laid out in USTR letter to DG-Trade
KEI has obtained the terms of reference (TOR) for the confidentiality of the negotiating texts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement.
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft services/investment offer (May 2014)
as leaked to EPSU and released on 13 June 2014
Leaked documents TTIP reveal substantial EU commitments, public services not excluded
Documents leaked to EPSU indicate the substantial commitments the European Union is prepared to make to offer access for US companies to European markets under TTIP
Hupacasath First Nation vs. Canada-China FIPA agreement
A court hearing on June 10 was the second attempt by the Hupacasath and their allies to claim Section 35 rights to be consulted over the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)
US states demand more say in TTIP negotiations
Fears that provisions under discussion at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks could impede their ability to regulate chemical safety, environmental protection and public health, have prompted several US states, led by Vermont, to demand a "seat at the table".
New Zealand-GCC free trade deal likely soon
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser expressed optimism regarding the signing of a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) that will lower trade barriers between Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
Countries rush to fast-track FTAs with India after elections
As pro-business leader Narendra Modi settles into office, the European Union, Israel, Canada and Peru, among others, are rushing to expedite free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India’s new government.
Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey
The fight over labels on whiskey bottles comes amid a global drive to seek labeling protections by a smorgasbord of regional foods such as cheeses, hams and wines.
Business v state investment disputes in EU spotlight
Should foreign businesses have the right to take a sovereign state to arbitration to seek compensation for a change in the law or government policy? And if so, in exactly what circumstances?
TTIP agreement may be too big not to happen, says USDA
The US and the European Union may be too big for a free-trade deal not to happen, says USDA chief economist Joseph Glauber
Scholars skeptical of agreement with EU
The South Centre has rubbished threats by European Union of withholding support to African countries should they fail to ratify Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
New negotiations begin on Chinese-US investment treaty
Chinese and US representatives are beginning another round of negotiations here today in this capital on a bilateral investment treaty, said the Commerce Ministry.
Cross-Straits trade agreements stall
Lawmakers in Taiwan Monday confirmed that negotiations on a series of economic measures between the island and the Chinese mainland have halted in the wake of disruptive protests in Taipei in March.
Australia: PM seeks to broaden free trade deal with US
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will use a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House to seek the reopening of the decade-long agreement, News Corp Australia reports.
Peru’s “Bagua massacre” haunts the TPP
The experience of the US-Peru FTA makes clear even improved labor and environmental chapters cannot overcome the NAFTA-style investor protections at the core of the Peru FTA and now TPP.
The European Left launches a campaign against TTIP
The European Left will organise a political campaign against TTIP in synergy with social movements, unions, ecologists, farmers, small enterprises.
TTIP contradicts post-2015 development goals, experts say
The planned US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has come up against intense criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. Now development officials have joined the choir.