EU trade politics

Geographical indications in TTIP: a new European controversy
EU trade politics

Geographical indications in TTIP: a new European controversy

[sh_light_text ]The year in EU trade politics started with a row over the risk of lower Geographical Indication (GI) protection of German sausages and Cornish pastry under the planned transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP). While some believe GIs are a good reason to bloc TTIP, others think the controversy is a storm in a teacup. By Iana Dreyer.[/sh_light_text]

EU Ombudsman: Commission should “front-load” TTIP transparency, avoid US veto
EU trade politics

EU Ombudsman: Commission should “front-load” TTIP transparency, avoid US veto

[sh_light_text ]The EU Commission published today a raft of documents on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation with the United States (US). This move came as the European Ombudsman – or rather ombudswoman – Emily O’Reilly, released her own assessment of Brussels’ transparency moves, calling for more efforts and a structured, proactive approach. …

Eurobarometer: who’s for and against TTIP in EU
EU trade politics

Eurobarometer: who’s for and against TTIP in EU

The latest Eurobarometer poll results reveal that fifty-eight percent of European Union citizens support the idea of a transatlantic trade and investment agreement (TTIP), while a quarter of the surveyed are against.   Last autumn, the European polling agency asked Europeans whether they were ‘for’ or ‘against’ what it termed ‘a free trade and …

EU trade politics

In brief: Paper says European parliament not independent from national and corporate interests

In a sharp-tounged piece of commentary, two analysts from the Brussels-based trade policy think tank European Centre for International Political Economy argue the European parliament, with its growing co-decision powers, is not becoming the representative of the interest of European citizens at large as initially envisaged by proponents of the 2009 …

EU trade politics

In brief: TTIP transparency boost

On 3 December, the EU commission will propose a series of measures to increase the transparency of the current transatlantic trade and investment parthership (TTIP) negotiations to the European parliament.   The type of measures expected to be proposed by the EU commission are based on two pillars: extending access to TTIP texts to all members of the European …