Sectors & issues

Energy & Environment Regulations

‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …

Disputes & TDI Energy & Environment South Asia & ASEAN

Indonesia revives EU biodiesel antidumping disputes with new WTO complaint

If you believed the fate of the EU’s biodiesel antidumping duties was sealed after the WTO appellate body’s ruling on a case brought by Argentina and a European Court of Justice ruling annulling these measures in the autumn 2016, stand corrected. The saga goes on.   This week, Indonesia filed a complaint in …

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 …

China Investment

EU Commission mulls options to bloc politically motivated investments

Details of Commission plans to potentially screen and bloc foreign direct investments that are “politically motivated” have started leaking. The plans were initiated shortly after Germany blocked the acquisition of a German firm Aixtron by a Chinese state-owned company in late 2016, following a request by Berlin, Paris and Rome.   The plans consider the …