EU trade politics

MEP’s Twitter reactions to the EU Commission’s ISDS consultation report
EU trade politics

MEP’s Twitter reactions to the EU Commission’s ISDS consultation report

[sh_light_text ]Will the European Parliament reject TTIP on the grounds that it could include controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses?  Iana Dreyer spent a few hours browsing member of the European Parliament’s (MEP) Twitter accounts to gauge the EU citizen’s representatives’ immediate reactions to the publication of the largely negative results of a …

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
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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 …