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Press review about CETA

[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. [...]

[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."

[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.

[EmbassyNews] CETA optimism souring as talks drag on

Trade watchers are worried that pushback over European Union trade negotiations with the United States could be spilling over into the EU’s trade talks with Canada. [...]
But as EU-US talks got into full swing, the European public “woke up” to the possible inclusion of an investor-state dispute settlement section, which was already included in CETA. That part lets companies seek compensation from states if government policies hurt their business interests.

[HuffingtonPost] Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Having efficient and solid services infrastructure is vital for any economy. But what a powerful group of countries is trying to do at the Trades in Services Agreement (TISA) talks, currently being negotiated in outside of WTO rules, goes beyond "just" trade issues. Current talks include the opening of important public policy issues like financial regulation, immigration, privacy and healthcare. […]

[TechDirt] Meet TISA: Another Major Treaty Negotiated In Secret Alongside TPP And TTIP

[...] TISA: the Trade in Services Agreement. If, like me, you've never heard of this, you might think it's a new initiative. But it turns out that it's been under way for more than a year: the previous USTR, Ron Kirk, informed Congress about it back in January 2013 (pdf).

[TechDirt] Revolving Door: MPAA Hires Chief USTR Negotiator Behind ACTA And TPP's IP Chapter

For the past five years or so, the USTR's [Office of the United States Trade Representative] chief intellectual property negotiator has been Stan McCoy. McCoy has long positioned himself as an intellectual property maximalist, repeating talking points from lobbyists regularly, while condescending to anyone who questions the legitimacy of those claims.

[CorporateEurope] Still not loving ISDS: 10 reasons to oppose investors’ super-rights in EU trade deals

At the end of March, the European Commission launched a public consultation over its plan to enshrine far-reaching rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. In the face of fierce opposition to these investor super-rights, the Commission is trying to convince the public that these do not endanger democracy and public policy. See through the sweet-talk with Corporate Europe Observatory’s guide to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). [...]

[Zeit] Sigmar Gabriel lehnt Investorenschutz im TTIP-Abkommen ab – und akzeptiert ihn im Freihandelsvertrag mit Kanada. Glaubt er, dass keiner den Doppelstandard bemerkt?

[...] Besonders beim umstrittenen Investorenschutz schafft die EU-Kommission mit großen Tempo Fakten. Ein offizielles Dokument der Kommission dazu liegt ZEIT ONLINE vor (siehe unten). Es belegt, dass die Ceta-Regeln schon in großen Teilen fertig ausgehandelt sind. Sollten sie in Kraft treten, werden kanadische Unternehmen künftig die EU oder Deutschland vor internationalen Schiedsgerichten verklagen können – und damit genau das tun, was die Bundesregierung im amerikanischen Fall ablehnt.

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XXI

[...] despite the European Commission's claims to the contrary, there was simply no evidence of any meaningful transparency in TTIP. However, that changed today, when the Commission announced its consultation on investor-state dispute settlement. [...]