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 …
EU trade politics
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.
The close to 900 amendments added by MEPs to a planned EU Parliament resolution on TTIP to be voted on before the summer is partly the result of a strong mobilisation of the legislature’s populist parties. It reflects the divisiveness of many files in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment negotiations. Overall, a European Parliament position on some …
COMMENT: What an ECJ opinion on EU accession to Europe’s foremost human rights convention means for ISDS
Opinion 2/13 anyone? This is a recent legal opinion of the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice on whether it is legal for the EU to join the European Convention on Human Rights. It has important ramifications for current EU Commission efforts to reform investor-to-state dispute settlement. By Iana Dreyer.
The European parliament’s industry committee issued its recommendations to be included in a report on TTIP scheduled to be adopted in a plenary session early May this year. The recommendations, drafted by Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek, largely endorses TTIP and focuses on issues like US public procurement, small-and-medium sized enterprises, and liberalisation of energy trade.