TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade deal currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.

The mandate to the European Commission states that “the Agreement will include an appropriate dispute settlement mechanism”.

The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in TTIP has drawn fierce criticism from civil society groups from both sides of the Atlantic. They claimed in December 2013, in a letter to the European Commission and the Office of the United States Trade Representative that ISDS was “a one-way street by which corporations can challenge government policies, but neither governments nor individuals are granted any comparable rights to hold corporations accountable”.

In 2014, the European Commission launched a public consultation about the inclusion of ISDS in TTIP. The result was very clear: 97% of the 150,000 participants said no to ISDS.

The European Commission put forward in 2015 a proposal for an alternative mechanism, named investment court system, a move it said would make ISDS more transparent and allow states to appeal against multinationals’ challenges. But groups portrayed the suggested changes as putting “lipstick on a pig”, as they are merely cosmetic changes, and would still allow corporations to sue governments in parallel court settings.

(November 2015)

Deutsche Welle | 21-Sep-2016
The EU-US free trade deal is controversial in Europe as it includes a mechanism that seeks to settle disputes between investors and states out of regular courts. DW examines the issue with law professor Gus Van Harten.
Counterpunch | 16-Sep-2016
There is a glaring disconnect in the world between economic growth, and trade and investment agreements.
El Diario | 12-Sep-2016
Los gobiernos y los lobistas de las grandes corporaciones buscan nuevas formas de blindar la privatización y esquivar el proceso democrático.
AITEC | 10-Sep-2016
Alors que la France tente de sauver le CETA en torpillant momentanément le TAFTA/TTIP, 17 organisations européennes rappellent les dangers de l’arbitrage d’investissement tel qu’il est proposé dans les deux traités.
El Salmón Contracorriente | 22-Aug-2016
Desde La Real Academia del Salmón (La RAS) os traemos este listado de eufemismos del TTIP y el CETA para ’entender’ cuáles son las ’bondades’ que hay que abrazar y las ’barreras’ para eliminar según los defensores de los tratados de libre comercio.
New Internationalist | 9-Aug-2016
As thousands discuss free trade at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada’s experience with NAFTA may offer lessons for the Netherlands, writes Niels Jongerius
The Ecologist | 27-Jul-2016
The elephant in the room is here and it is huge: the word "climate" means something totally different in the TTIP papers.
Kaos en la Red | 14-Jul-2016
Juan Hernández Zubizarreta y José Ramón Mariño no tienen dudas de que esa “sopa de letras” que conforman los diferentes acuerdos de libre comercio e inversiones TTIP, CETA, TISA, etc ‘van en contra de la mayoría de la población y solo benefician al negocio de las grandes compañías’
Counterpunch | 8-Jul-2016
CETA, like its cousins TTP and TTIP, would cement into place the right of multi-national corporations to dictate to governments without any democratic input.
Alter Eco + | 27-Jun-2016
Jusqu’où peut-on pousser la logique du libre-échange ?

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