Focus on: TTIP & intellectual property
Progress was made in the latest round of TTIP talks, but negotiators have a long way to go if the deal is to be signed before Barack Obama leaves office.
The "Privacy Shield", an agreement stemming from an exchange of letters, only contains vague promises.
Browser maker Mozilla, digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Creative Commons have called for more openness in global trade agreements.
Powerful corporations have been allowed to swallow the state; they have created a “predator state,” which they naturally exploit for their own expansion.
Business secretary refuses to disclose advice that could show how private health firms might sue government under US-Europe trade deal.
Persistent disagreements between the United States and the European Union over the treatment of personal data threaten to undermine international standards.
The inclusion of an ISDS in an EU agreement could raise the likelihood of such cases being brought against all kinds of public interest and health protecting policies in the future.
Although TPP seems a remote issue, it could have a direct impact on EU consumers.
The EU’s professed commitment to sustainable development is not reflected in its proposed text for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Open access isn’t explicitly covered in any of the secretive trade negotiations that are currently underway but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have a negative impact on those seeking to publish or use open access materials.
Clever ruling by the Court of Justice will be almost impossible to circumvent. The "Safe Harbour" ruling is likely to affect trade agreements like TISA and TTIP in important ways.
EU trade deals with Canada and the US could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water and health, as negotiators are doing the work of some of the EU’s most powerful corporate lobby groups in pushing an aggressive market opening agenda in the public sector.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today declared the Safe Harbor agreement invalid. This subordinates the activities of Facebook & Co back to the control of national data protection authorities.
Emma Woodford from the Health and Trade Network examines SDG3 on health and well-being and questions if its targets are achievable given the damaging nature of legally binding trade agreements being simultaneously negotiated by SDG signatories.
Campaigners against the big-business deal TTIP have welcomed the signing of a Commons motion raising major concerns about it by all 56 SNP MPs.
EU proposals for EU-US trade deal threaten democratic process for protecting people and the environment
While mass media are almost entirely absorbed with cases of corruption, trade and investment agreements slip by, almost unnoticed. TTIP, CETA and TiSA are being negotiated throughout the world, in complete opacity and in the absence of democratic checks.
In the case of TTIP, the Faculty of Public Health has identified numerous risks to public health and potential conflicts with the policies called for in its recent manifesto.
Documents back up fears that TTIP will allow tobacco giants to take legal action against the UK and other European governments who attempt to tighten smoking legislation
The tobacco industry has deep pockets. The industry uses its profits to resist measures being taken by governments all across the world to cut smoking and deaths from smoking.