Defending public goods in trade negotiations

Conflict minerals

Small steps forward for draft transparency rules

The European Parliament's trade committee today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote improved the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules rather than a voluntary scheme. Howev...

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TTIP and sustainable food production: water and fire?

The currently negotiated and disputed free trade agreement (TTIP) between the EU and US could have deep impacts on how we produce our food. Even if there are not many policy areas that have a more direct impact on people and the planet, this was one of the issues that were largely left out in the TTIP-debate. That is why the Greens-Efa group in the European Parliament (EP) organised (together with a broad range of organisations: ARC2020, Compassion in World Farming, Corporate Europe Observatory, Eurocoop, European Coordination Via Campesina, European Milk Board, Friends of the Earth Europe and Slowfood) a big conference and debate “TTIP talks – What’s Cooking? – Perspectives on Food and Farming” on 10 December 2014. The Greens-Efa now publish the report that summarises the presentations and discussions of this conference.


EU-US TTIP negotiations/ISDS

Commission PR drive cannot mask problems with controversial investor dispute mechanism

<xml> </xml> EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström attended the European Parliament's trade committee today to present the conclusions of the EU Commission on the role of the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the context of the EU-US TTIP t...

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Development committee demands concrete legislation to stop deadly trade

Yesterday evening, the European Parliament's Development committee called for binding rules on trade in conflict minerals. Such rules are urgently needed in order to ensure that mineral purchases made by European corporations are not financing conflict or human rights violations. The committee follo...

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Services trade agreement (TISA)

Publishing mandate overdue but fails to address transparency concerns

The EU negotiating mandate for the negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) was today published by the council of EU foreign ministers, two years after negotiations began (1). Commenting on the mandate, Green trade spokesperson and vice-president Ska Keller said: "While the belat...

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Foreign Affairs Committee votes on conflict minerals

On Monday the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (AFET) voted on an opinion to a Trade committee report on conflict minerals.


Trade secrets can harm

your health, your environment, your career

The European Parliament is now discussing a draft proposal to establish a EU directive on trade secrets. A proper balance needs to be found to avoid abusive claims of improper use of trade secrets and overbroad protection.

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Human trafficking, forced labour and land grabbing

Europe's share of responsibility

Barbara Lochbihler, foreign policy and human rights spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group, visited Thailand and Cambodia from 12 to 20 February to follow up on the group’s work on human trafficking and land grabbing. This included a short film produced by Greens/EFA staff in 2012. Land grabbing in...


Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in EU law and International Law


This event follows discussions initiated during the joint JURI/INTA hearing on TTIP: Regulatory Aspects and Investor to State Dispute Settlement and Arbitration, 27th January 2014.


Giant Trojan Horse Protests EU-US Trade Deal

Yannick Jadot, Jean Lambert

We are still fighting against the EU-US TTIP negotiations. This week, the fight was very much in Brussels, where our MEPs Yannick Jadot and Jean Lambert and others joined the demo. But we need everyone to make the case in their own countries too.

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Service trade agreement (TISA)

Health services at risk under controversial service liberalisation treaty

A leaked document from the ongoing negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) has made clear that health services could come under the scope of the agreement, in spite of assurances by the European Commission to the contrary (1). Commenting on the revelation, Green trade spokesperson S...

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