EU FTAs & bilateral ties Investment South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

EU Vietnam free trade agreement to be signed today as Hanoi adheres to EU public investment court idea

 The EU and Vietnam have finalised talks on a joint free trade agreement. A signing ceremony will take place on 2 December 2015 afternoon. The agreement is seen a as a major success for the EU’s trade strategy in South East Asia. The deal is the most ambitious agreement signed …

ISDS ICS United States & TTIP

German small business group supports new Commission investment proposal, criticises clamp-down on intra EU ISDS

In a newsletter to its members, the German association of Mittelstand companies, the DIHK welcomed the EU Commission’s TTIP proposal for an investment court, hailing in particular its new provisions in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises.   “Investment protection serves precisely the protection of small and medium-sized enterprises, which …

Energy & Environment Investment

Brussels moves against intra-EU investor-state arbitration raise Energy Charter dilemmas

The Commission is stepping up efforts to root out intra-EU international investment arbitration. Yet doing so for Energy Charter Treaty-based cases raises dilemmas for a body that wants to promote the agreement globally but sees support for the text dwindling at home, as seen with Italy’s recent outright pull-out. By Iana Dreyer.