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    Craig Welch:

    The words "When that bid failed" suggest that the ISDS case was not launched until the High Court decision was handed down.

    In fact, the ISDS action was launched before the High Court action.

    The HCA action was filed on the day that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act came into effect (1st December 2011).

    The ISDS action was foreshadowed prior to that with a notice of claim in June 2011, and the formal notice of arbitration was delivered in November 2011.

    Zamir Awan:

    In the 1 st FTA in 2006, it was almost unilateral, all concessions were for China. Pakistan suffered a huge imbalance of trade as a result.
    We must set up our priorities with the close consultations of stakeholders and then negotiate with China. Chinese leadership is very sympathetic with Pakistan and sincerely wanted to resolve all issues. Generally speaking , Chinese are flexible. I am sure, if we have done our home work well, and have reasonable demands, China will accept them and accommodate Pakistan as ASEAN.

    Jose Quinteros:

    Una oprtunidad que se abre a muchos países a integrar un gran mercado que les permitirá un desarrollo sustentable a cada país y en función de sus capacidades tecnologicas y de riquezas naturales a aportar a ese gran mercado que se abre como una oportunidad de vender y crecer.


    Hope it will fail...such hugw trade will never benefit any all will have thier own intereat to protect...let see if india going to let go it coconut oil tarif...

    Helena Peltonen:

    Congratulation Ecuador! This has been a great study with a great result and will certainly serve as an example for many other countries. This will definitely help achieving Agenda 2030 goals far better than via the old BITs. Hopefully many countries will follow suite.

    jennifer feij:

    I cannot help but feel delighted that these big trading agreements are loosing their grip on members. Looking at the big picture its astonishing that food, goods and services should travel around the world. Include the costs of organizing all this for each different globe agreement, the running of them, the infra-structures (office space) and salaries, travel and expenses... and we have fast sums of money which could be used to simply help those poorer countries develop more efficiently their autonomy and care for their own people.

    The time has come where economists are not anymore the big masters of reason, analysis and for forecasting and Setting the future course. We ask ourselves now "who are these people"? These people that promise stability and riches if we listen to them.

    After years of shrinking middle classes, austerity programs, war and economic immigration, It is time to think smaller to understand the big picture. It’s about people, not business. Not corporate health but more for the health of our Earth. Thinking of regions, locals and their balance and contribution to a country. People proud to produce locally, trade together simply like in the past, without great books of rules and regulations onn what we can, or not produce, in what manner, size, color preference, and paying the contributions to be part of an entity’s that suits the big world players get richer. The promises of a trickle down society have exploded in our faces. It’s time to pick up the pieces and get back to our senses, community, regional and country senses.

    We need politicians who work for this concept. Not the puppets of the corporate trading and finance world.

    Yrjö Rosten:

    Attac is a movement for promoting a global transaction tax. How can anyone call it anti-globalization, as it is quite the opposite of that?

    Darren Octave:

    Pourquoi passer par la Banque mondiale et son tribunal d’arbitrage réservé aux investisseurs alors que des tribunaux nationaux peuvent aussi gérer ce genre d’affaires si une compagnie s’estime victime d’un gouvernement? Il n’y a que les investisseurs qui ont ce traitement de faveur. Les citoyens ordinaire passent par un tribunal national. Comme vous le dites, les tribunaux allemands ont donné raison à Vattenfall, ce qui prouve qu’ils ne sont pas biaisés. Alors pourquoi Vattenfall passe aussi par ces tribunaux d’arbitrage spéciaux?

    Quant à la Banque mondiale, ses programmes de développement ont toujours mis en avant les intérêts privés. Je ne comprends pas votre remarque, il suffit juste de regarder ce qui a été fait en Afrique.

    Didier Pierre:

    Dommage que l’article ne précise pas les raisons pour lesquelles les arbitres ont considéré que l’Espagne était redevable d’une indemnité. Le gouvernement espagnol s’était-il engagé à verser et poursuivre des subventions aux investisseurs? Si un contrat n’a pas été respecté, il n’est pas anormal qu’une indemnité leur soit versée. Les tribunaux allemands, après une longue procédure judiciaire, ont jugé que Vattenfall avait droit à indemnisation après que le gouvernement allemand ait abruptement déclaré le dé-commissionnement des centrales nucléaires. Il semble que ces deux affaires présentent des similarités.
    Rappelons que la Banque mondiale (qui relève des Nations Unies) n’est certainement pas un organisme qui sympathise avec les intérêts capitalistes.

    DIDIER Pierre:

    Not surprising: an isolated medium economic power of some 65 million inhabitant cannot obtain a fair deal against a giant economic power of 320 million inhabitants. The City will be quickly swallowed by Wall Street. Would an EU negotiation (a market of 508 million inhabitants) not have been favourable for the UK?


    Creo que la nota denota un sesgo ultraizquierdista muy pronunciado, lo que pasa que estamos frente a una consecuencia obvia de gobiernos izquierdistas interesados de manera enfermiza en el dinero y el poder, gravando al pueblo con impuestos injustos y abusivos, con la falsa consigna de quitarle a los ricos en beneficio de los más pobres y la supuesta justicia social que nunca llega. Por lo tanto, señores ultra izquierdistas ustedes solo quiero poder y el dinero de los que trabajan, porque ustedes señores buscan parasitaria al pueblo a sangre, penurias, hambre, crisis y desastre social por decir lo poco.

    Nicolas Roux:

    Hi Petter, the documents are there:
    If you want to see all TiSA documents, just enter "tisa" in the filter box

    Petter Slaatre Titland, Attac Norway:

    Hi! Great article.
    But the link to the actual documents is circular - it goes back to the general TISA topic site, not the PDF documents. Can anyone post the leaked text so others can read them?

    Gill Buckland:

    ’Rinkevics said that not only CETA but also Canada’s decision to send troops to lead a multinational battalion of NATO forces in Latvia proved that Latvia represented a secure environment for businesses to thrive.’ This worries me. Why do we need NATO forces in relation to trade & Bi-laterals? Very unhappy & SUPER WORRIED ABOUT DEMOCRACY IN THE EU BECAUSE OF CETA & BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS #STOPCETA

    Fiona McMurran:

    Of course the CETA will affect the right to regulate; the statements in the Joint Interpretative Framework are deliberately misleading, since they ignore the effect of the investor-state dispute settlement process to produce regulatory chill. Under the CETA, foreign corporations must be kept abreast of the the host country’s plans to regulate/legislate, and can therefore have input into the drafting of — or the cancellation of — any such regulations that might hinder the corporations right to make a profit. And let’s not forget that this also applies to subnational governments, including municipalities. As far as agriculture is concerned, the CETA benefits industrial agriculture, which is both directly and indirectly responsible for the reduction of small mixed farms in Canada. EU farmers rightly recognize that the CETA will allow the entry of huge chemical companies like Monsanto into the EU by the (Canadian) back door, despite the defeat of the TTIP.

    DIDIER Pierre:

    Comment pouvez-vous ignorer la disposition claire dans le CETA (et dans ses interprétations par les signataires) art. 8.9: "For the purpose of this Chapter, the Parties reaffirm their right to regulate within their territories to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as the protection of
    public health, safety, the environment or public morals, social or consumer protection or the promotion and protection of cultural diversity.
    2. For greater certainty, the mere fact that a Party regulates, including through a modification to its laws, in a manner which negatively affects an investment or interferes with an investor’s expectations, including its expectations of profits, does not amount to a breach of an obligation under this Section". Contrairement à tous les accords bilatéraux existants, la compétence des tribunaux d’arbitrage est donc extrêmement limitée et vos prévisions de "fin de monde" s’apparentent bien davantage à la démagogie et au repli sur soi de Trump.

    DIDIER Pierre:

    On 27 February 2017 EU Commission replied to a parliamentary question 9211/2016 a.o.: "Investors have had the right to submit to investment tribunals in over 1400 bilateral investment treaties concluded by (EU) Member States, without this holding the EU or its Member States back from developing some of the most far-reaching policies on consumer, social, environment and health protection." Is this a wrong statement? Although the CETA (unlike the bilateral agreements) makes very clear that the ISDS cannot ever lead to a limitation of the EU and Canada’s freedom to regulate on these issues, have you any reason to believe that it might be different now? As to farmers, most supply their crop for processed agricultural products, exports of which will be much enhanced by the disappearance of customs duties on these products (between 10 and 25% in Canada) and by the protection of appellations.

    Valeria Donado :

    Hi, the name of Colombia’s Health Minister is Alejandro and not Antonio like it is written on the document. Besides that, great great article! Excellent base for investigation.

    Nicolas Roux:

    No you’re not being cynical. "Greater co-operation" rarely means higher standards

    Larry Powell:


    Interpretation, please? (What does "greater co-operation" really mean? Do you suppose it is "code" for less regulation & lower standards? Or am I just being cynical?)

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