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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 …

Australia & New Zealand ISDS ICS

New Zealand expresses interest in multilateral investment court idea

New Zealand’s Trade Minister Todd McClay finds the EU’s multilateral investment court idea “interesting”. Though he “wants to learn more”, his government is ready to continue the conversation “certainly at the multilateral level”.   New Zealand is preparing to launch free trade agreement negotiations with the EU.   The Commission …