Energy & Environment

Insight: EU ramps up sustainable development in post-CETA trade agreements
Bilateral Energy & Environment Social & human rights

Insight: EU ramps up sustainable development in post-CETA trade agreements

Draft trade agreements currently under negotiation show the EU is ramping up its chapters on trade and sustainable development. One remaining open question is if these chapters will lead to a dispute settlement process that could lead to suspension of commercial preferences.   The EU released the latest draft chapters …

Energy & Environment Social & human rights United States & TTIP

TACD says yes to regulatory cooperation – but not in TTIP

With noises in the background indicating that Washington and Brussels are hoping to revive the currently halted TTIP negotiations, a fresh position paper released by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of over 75 US and EU consumer organisations, has chipped into the process, arguing that in light of “vanishing citizens’ trust in trade …

EU African EPAs in limbo
Energy & Environment SSAfrica

EU African EPAs in limbo

The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements – or EPAs – with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies. African countries are also currently prioritising continent-wide regional integration. By Iana Dreyer.          

Trade, values and supply chains: the trade policy challenge ahead
Energy & Environment EU trade politics Social & human rights

Trade, values and supply chains: the trade policy challenge ahead

Trade For All’, the EU’s new trade strategy, aims to better connect ‘values’ and trade. It is part of a broader movement in this direction at global level. Corinne Vadcar outlines the dynamics shaping this trend and what are the key challenges in making trade, human rights, labour rights and environmental …

INTERVIEW: End of US crude oil export ban – consequences for TTIP and the climate
Energy & Environment

INTERVIEW: End of US crude oil export ban – consequences for TTIP and the climate

Late 2015, the United States unexpectedly liberalised its exports of crude oil, a move that infuriated climate activists, but pleased Europeans concerned about the continent’s energy security, and raised EU hopes an energy chapter in ongoing TTIP negotiations could become a reality. In an exclusive interview with Borderlex, Carnegie’s David Livingston …

Energy & Environment Investment

Brussels moves against intra-EU investor-state arbitration raise Energy Charter dilemmas

The Commission is stepping up efforts to root out intra-EU international investment arbitration. Yet doing so for Energy Charter Treaty-based cases raises dilemmas for a body that wants to promote the agreement globally but sees support for the text dwindling at home, as seen with Italy’s recent outright pull-out. By Iana Dreyer.