Press review about TAFTA

[Arstechnica] Fallout from EU-US Safe Harbor ruling will be dramatic and far-reaching

Article that summarises the effects of the CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union) on the Safe Harbour agreement. In particular, it points out that since the court makes appeal to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, any future agreements, in particular TTIP (TAFTA) or TISA, would have to take these into consideration.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/fallout-from-eu-us-safe-harbo...

[Politico] Malmström predicts Canadian-EU trade deal by July

Trade chief acknowledges more controversial TTIP will not happen this year. [...]

Malmström said the legal experts from Brussels and Ottawa are “basically done” with the so-called “legal scrubbing,” the final stage for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, or CETA. [...]

[EurActiv] TTIP elephants hiding behind ISDS

The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations. [...]

[OpenDemocracy] Battle Royal in Brussels - backroom 'trade' deals under fire

Europeans are in uproar at chaotic attempts by the EU presidency to rush through 'secret courts' for investors to sue governments who try to protect their citizens and public services. […]

Across Europe there has been mounting outrage against the idea that public courts aren’t good enough for corporations, and that they should they enjoy a parallel, secret and hugely powerful legal system of their very own. […]

[Techdirt] TPP Leak Confirms Measures To Criminalize Corporate Whistleblowing

As Mike has reported, the core of the newly-leaked TPP chapter is about granting Big Pharma's wish-list, with other worrying stuff for the copyright industry's benefit thrown in for good measure. But hidden away in the chapter's 70+ pages there's something very different -- and very dangerous.

[TechDirt] Newly Released Emails Raise Questions Of Whether EU Politicians Sold Out To US On Privacy

Glyn Moody's short article on the suspicions raised by Access that the European Commission, actively worked to weaken the proposed EU Regulation on data protection by collaborating with the US mission in the EU. Moreover, Cecilia Malmström, the current head of the DG Home, who is implicated "has been proposed as the new EU commissioner for trade, who would therefore take over the negotiation of TAFTA/TTIP from Karel De Gucht."

[TheRegister] Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

A controversial chapter [ISDS] of the agreement currently being negotiated would give multinationals the right to sue the government concerned if new laws lead to lower profits. So if, for example, a new law caused Apple’s profits - or Google’s, or Samsung’s, or Amazon’s, or any of a thousand others - to drop sharply they could take the government to tribunal.

Such an action could have followed such previous events as the EU forcing Microsoft to institute browser choice, or the recent ECJ "right to be forgotten" ruling, [...].

[TheGlobeAndMail] Report: Germany to reject EU-Canada trade deal

Germany is to reject a multi-billion free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday.

Citing diplomats in Brussels, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Berlin objects to clauses outlining the legal protection offered to firms investing in the 28-member bloc. Critics say they could allow investors to stop or reverse laws. [...]

[Bilaterals] CETA 'should be initialed by September 25': EU Trade Commissioner

The end of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) technical negotiations are “in sight” [...] EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Tuesday. [...]

[...] the EU’s position on ISDS [investor state disupte settlement] — which essentially allows investors to sue governments outside of domestic courts for unfair treatment — has evolved as a result of their Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the U.S.

[FFII] A license to spy ; cross-border data flows in TTIP

Here is a quote from Harry van Dorenmalen of IBM Europe: "Data flows and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be high on the agenda at the Summit. TTIP offers a unique opportunity to set the example as a 21st Century trade agreement that supports cross border data flow provisions…" [...]

[TechDirt] Eli Lilly Raises Stakes: Says Canada Now Owes It $500 Million For Not Granting A Patent It Wanted

A few months ago we wrote about the extraordinary -- and worrying -- case of Eli Lilly suing Canada after the latter had refused to grant a pharma patent. Eli Lilly's contention was that by failing to grant its patent (even if it didn't meet the criteria for a patent in Canada), Canada had "expropriated" Eli Lilly's property -- and that it should be paid $100 million as "compensation". [...]

[TechDirt] Why The European Commission's Consultation On Corporate Sovereignty Is A Sham (And How To Respond To It Anyway)

One measure of the resistance to the inclusion of corporate sovereignty provisions in TAFTA/TTIP is that the European Commission unexpectedly announced that it would be holding a three-month public consultation on this aspect in an attempt to defuse public anger. [...]

[Fr-Online] Freihandelsabkommen TTIP: Hinter verschlossenen

Geheimniskrämerei – welche Geheimniskrämerei? Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) versteht nicht, was die vielen Kritiker der geplanten Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA und Kanada umtreibt. „Die Heimlichkeit ist einer der Mythen, die über die Verhandlungen genährt werden“, betonte Merkels Sprecher Steffen Seibert am Montag in Berlin. [...]