Press review about TAFTA

[EurActiv] EU-US trade talks seen dragging on until mid-2016

As the European Union and the United States wrap up a week of talks on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) in Washington, the EU still says it hopes to have something to show before the European elections in May. But observers say the real, final deadline is mid 2016, just before the US elections.

[TechDirt] Learning From ACTA: Will TAFTA/TTIP Be More Transparent Than TPP?

It's still early days for TAFTA/TTIP, but already there are some signs that senior politicians are becoming aware that transparency is no longer some minor aspect of these trade talks, but a hugely important issue in itself. We know this thanks to an earlier fight by the European Digital Rights (EDRi) group to obtain from the European Parliament various documents relating to ACTA -- the result of an infamously opaque process. [...]

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XV

[...] Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, and EU Justice Commissioner, [...] said: [...] This is why I warn against bringing data protection to the [TTIP] trade talks. Data protection is not red tape or a tariff. It is a fundamental right and as such it is not negotiable. [...]

[Techdirt] European Parliament Committee Says No To TAFTA/TTIP Deal Without Respect For Data Privacy, But Fails To Offer Snowden Asylum

Yesterday the LIBE [Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs] committee met and agreed its final recommendations, which include some pretty dramatic demands -- like this one: "Parliament's consent to the final Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal with the US "could be endangered as long as blanket mass surveillance activities and the interception of communications in EU institutions and diplomatic representations are not fully stopped and an adequate solution for data privacy rights of EU citizens, including administrative

[Euractiv] Hollande to Obama: Let's agree TTIP fast

French President François Hollande said yesterday (12 February) “speed is of the essence” for a European Union-US trade deal and that the accord would strengthen economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. […]

"We have everything to gain from going quickly. Otherwise, we know there would be a pileup of fears, of threats, of anxiety," Hollande said. "So, if we are in good faith, if we are all respectful of the other party's position, if we are attached to growth, we can move quickly." […]

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XIV

Glyn Moody writes that although the European Commission put investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on hold in order to allow a public consultation, he suspects strongly that "the European Commission will only make a few tiny cosmetic changes to its plans - which it will nonetheless trumpet loudly."

[Techdirt] Global Trade Agreements: Unstoppable, Or Being Stopped?

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, has put together an interesting collection of 22 wide-ranging essays dealing with TAFTA/TTIP, called "The Transatlantic Colossus" [...] One of the essays, which compares TAFTA/TTIP with TPP, points out that we are witnessing an unprecedented level of activity in forging large-scale trade agreements [...].

[FT] Top Democrat puts Obama trade deals in doubt

President Barack Obama’s push to strike trade deals with the European Union [TTIP/TAFTA] and 11 Pacific Rim nations [TPP] was put in jeopardy after the top Democrat in Congress quashed the idea of giving the White House congressional approval to negotiate the pacts.

Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said he opposed legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority [TPA], which sets a swift timeline for trade bills and prevents amendments that would slow them down or modify their contents.

[WDR] Interview mit EU-Handelskommissar Karel De Gucht in der Langfassung

Freihandelsabkommen: Das Märchen vom Jobmotor

Das MONITOR-Interview mit EU-Handelskommissar Karel De Gucht in der Langfassung

Extract interview about effects of TAFTA

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XIII

The EU Trade Commissioner has "announced his decision to consult the public on the investment provisions of a future EU-US trade deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The decision follows unprecedented public interest in the talks."

But, Glyn Moody writes, the Commission "is still assuming that the question is how to make ISDS [investor-state dispute settlement] better, rather than asking whether we need it."

[Reuters] EU opens investment part of EU/U.S. trade deal to public debate

The European Commission has launched three months of public consultations about a planned EU-U.S. trade deal to allay concerns that it will undermine EU members' rights to set laws on public safety or the environment.

[...] Consumer and environmental groups and some EU lawmakers have been particularly critical of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), a provision allowing foreign companies to bring claims against a country if it breaches a trade treaty.

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XII

Glyn Moody's analysis takes on investor-state dispute resolution mechanism (ISDS) included currently in the TAFTA/TTIP negotiations. "Not only does ISDS put corporations on the same level as nations, but it places ISDS tribunals above even the highest EU courts. That's because either EU courts would be forced to make ISDS tribunal decisions part of EU law, or else the EU and its member states would find themselves sued by US investors in pro-corporate tribunals (and thus like to lose) even though the EU courts say they are in the right."

[EurActiv] French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal

During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal, EurActiv France reports.

The minister in charge of foreign trade, Nicole Bricq, admit with regret that France was the country where the mobilisation against what they call the 'transatlantic treaty', is the strongest.

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XI

Because of the absurdly and unjustifiably secret nature of the TAFTA/TTIP negotiations, piecing together what is going on is a matter of looking for scraps of information wherever they can be found, and then trying to see the bigger picture. In my last two updates, I analysed some interesting attacks that the European Commission made on articles that dared to be sceptical about TTIP. In this one, I'll examine another important source: meetings with those that are privy to the negotiations. [...]

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update X

Glyn Moody argues that the content of the attack by the European Commission (EC) against the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) over a leak about TAFTA/TTIP and the rebuttal by the European minister for trade, Karel de Gucht, of George Monbiot's article in the Guardian, entitled "The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal", demonstrates that the EC is very concerned that it is loosing control over the narrative and by the lea