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Mega-regionals muddy investment-protection landscape
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Mega-regionals muddy investment-protection landscape

[sh_light_text ]Mega-regional trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) may complicate rules designed to protect investors, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development says.[/sh_light_text] By Jennifer Freedman

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Blog: UNCTAD & WTO reports on investment & trade measures – EU in all this

Yesterday, new facts and numbers of about international trade and investment policies came out of Geneva. A short UNCTAD-OECD report on G20 Investment Measures was published, and the WTO released its semi-annual report on trade measures as a means to track  down protectionist tendencies. Borderlex is interested in how Europe is …

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EU’s globalised textile industry wary of “labyrinth” of trade rules in bloc’s bilateral free trade deals

Europe’s textile industry gave a luke-warm assessment of the EU’s current trade strategy centered on negotiating preferential bilateral free trade agreements (FTA). At a recent gathering in Brussels, industry representatives welcomed ongoing efforts by the EU to open markets abroad. But the cost of complying with new FTA’s rules is seen as …

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Editor’s Comment: TTIP and Europe’s energy question

[sh_light_text ]Energy trade has become an important topic of discussion around the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The crisis in Ukraine, Europe’s own energy crisis, and the US shale revolution have given the issue particular salience. Although TTIP can contribute to improving the EU’s energy challenges, it will certainly …

Investment Non classé

State-owned companies and weak rule of law a rising concern of European firms invested in China

The latest report by the EU Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, the Business Confidence Survey 2014 reveals increasing pessimism of European companies invested in China as to their future business prospects in the country. The current economic  slowdown is an important factor in explaining this perception, but a deteriorating business environment stands …

Comment: Why an EU-China investment agreement would not be such a bad thing
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Comment: Why an EU-China investment agreement would not be such a bad thing

[sh_light_text ]China and the European Union (EU) are currently negotiating an international investment agreement (IIA). Both parties place a lot of hopes in the treaty’s effects on foreign investment flows. But these effects will likely be limited. Nonetheless, concluding the agreement is a real opportunity to improve both bilateral and international investment rules, says …

Editor’s comments: Leaked document on oil, gas & raw materials in TTIP – What’s behind the non-news
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Editor’s comments: Leaked document on oil, gas & raw materials in TTIP – What’s behind the non-news

[sh_light_text ]A “leaked” EU Commission negotiating text on energy trade in TTIP has made the headlines this week, and is being accused of promoting fracking, the controversial technique to produce shale gas, and US crude oil exports. Iana Dreyer explains why the real secret in this matter is that there is no secret. …