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“Namur declaration” calls for more national involvement in EU trade deals

The leader of the Belgian region of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, who is also an academic, orchestrated a declaration on trade policy by leading professors across the West entitled the Namur Declaration. The three-page text, released on Monday (5 December 2016) calls for greater scrutiny of trade agreements by national and regional parliaments in …

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In brief: Client Earth criticises European Parliament legal opinion on investment court in CETA

The freshly released European Parliament legal service’s opinion on the EU’s investor court system put forward in its Canadian trade agreement CETA was bound to displease investment arbitration and investment treaty critics: it indeed declared the system compatible with EU law.   The environmental NGO Client Earth, an activist critic of international investment protection treaties, released a legal opinion …

What the European Parliament legal service says about CETA’s investment chapter
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What the European Parliament legal service says about CETA’s investment chapter

A report by the European Parliament’s legal service released early September considers that the controversial chapter on investment protection in the Canada EU CETA trade agreement is compatible with EU law.   The question of legality of international arbitration tribunals and international courts has become a touchy topic with the controversy over …

EU presidents outline trade wish list for G20 summit as protectionism worries shift to investment
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EU presidents outline trade wish list for G20 summit as protectionism worries shift to investment

Council president Donald Tusk and Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker have set out the European Union’s priorities for the coming G20 summit in Hangzhou, China (4&5 September). The summit will deal with a wide array of economic topics, from tax to finance to climate issues, but also trade policy. The G20 summit gathers against …

Investment

National security related restrictions to FDI on rise – New UNCTAD report

The freshly released flagship annual UNCTAD World Investment Report highlights that national security motivations to restrict investments are on the rise globally, not least also in Europe.   “In recent years, national security-related concerns have gained more prominence in the investment policies of numerous countries”, the report stresses. “Different approaches …

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EU’s new investment protection provisions in FTAs under renewed civil society fire – ETUC rejects CETA – TNI chastises ICS plans in EU Mexico

The investment court system proposed by the EU its new trade agreements’ investment protection chapters has not placated civil society groups, despite the reforms of the previous system, based on international investor-state arbitration. These reforms were adopted after a civil society and EU Parliament and (in particular) German outcry against …