Welcome back to work, trade folks! Iana Dreyer outlines what’s on the long to-do list of the European Union’s trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels.
EU trade politics
With Fast-Track and an EU Parliament resolution in their pockets, now is time for trade negotiators in Washington and Brussels to move quickly on TTIP and for the EU to defuse more potential sources of domestic divison, by tackling issues such as whether EU member state parliaments will have to ratify …
US President Barak Obama has signed into law his long-sought Trade Promotion Authority, which is expected to allow him to conclude ongoing free trade negotiations, not least the Transpacific Partnership with a group of Asia-Pacific economies, and the transatlantic TTIP with the EU. In a new note,
Updated on 29/06 20.27 – The EU Parliament’s trade committee has agreed today in a special meeting to adopt 113 amendments added to a draft resolution on TTIP ahead of the last plenary session held earlier this month. The group of 41 MEPs also agreed to uphold requests for separate votes on …
Communicating more but ducking the China question – what’s simmering in the kitchens of the new EU trade strategy
The EU Commission is devising a new trade policy strategy. Winning over Europe’s hearts and minds is at the centre of the body’s new approach. But bold moves on difficult files such as China appear impossible to muster amidst rising politicisation of trade policy. By Iana Dreyer in Brussels.
France’s attitude so far towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has puzzled observers. Despite the country’s well-known and entrenched scepticism of free trade and globalisation, it is not France, but the big trading nation Germany, that has become the focal point of opposition to TTIP in Europe. But while Paris has been cautious on …
Updated. On Wednesday 10 June the EU Parliament was due to vote on its first resolution on the current transatlantic trade and investment (TTIP) talks. But the move was postponed on the afternoon of 9 June in an exceptional move ordered by the president of the legislative assembly.
Blog: French and German governments on COM ISDS proposals & Berlin call for priority to national courts
Quick views on how France and in particularly Germany have responded to this week’s proposals from Brussels on how to address investor-to-state disputes in TTIP. By Iana Dreyer.
The Commission’s proposals to reform ISDS in its coming trade and investment treaties made public today reveal a gradual and incremental approach to reforming Europe’s investment protection system. This will not likely appease left-of-centre critics of international investment tribunals. By Iana Dreyer.