Canada and CETA

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In brief: Client Earth criticises European Parliament legal opinion on investment court in CETA

The freshly released European Parliament legal service’s opinion on the EU’s investor court system put forward in its Canadian trade agreement CETA was bound to displease investment arbitration and investment treaty critics: it indeed declared the system compatible with EU law.   The environmental NGO Client Earth, an activist critic of international investment protection treaties, released a legal opinion …

Canada and CETA ISDS MIC ICS

What the European Parliament legal service says about CETA’s investment chapter

A report by the European Parliament’s legal service released early September considers that the controversial chapter on investment protection in the Canada EU CETA trade agreement is compatible with EU law.   The question of legality of international arbitration tribunals and international courts has become a touchy topic with the controversy over …

Canada and CETA

EP: Social-democrats divided over investment, labour, and public services in CETA

An intense debate at the trade committee of the European Parliament revealed the current mood over the EU Canadian trade agreement awaiting signature and ratification this autumn. Whereas representatives of the leading European political group the EPP have generally wholeheartedly endorsed the deal, the left-of-centre S&D group is divided.   …

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Trade: the EU’s rising exposure to pressure and blackmail

The EU’s trade policy is being renationalised under the pressure of national governments seeking to regain control over an exclusive competence of the EU and of Brexit. The European bloc is thereby becoming increasingly exposed to new political pressures and blackmail at home and abroad. A pamphlet by Iana Dreyer.