To make that easier, Computerworld UK brought those updates together on a single page. It turned out to be an extremely exciting ride as opposition toACTA grew across Europe, culminating in the rejection by the European Parliament on 4 July last year.
However, one thing we have learned is that those behind unbalanced laws like SOPA and treaties like ACTA, never give up. If they fail with one, they just try again with another. And so it turns out in the wake of ACTA’s demise. We are now witnessing exactly the same secretive approach being applied to TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – originally known as TAFTA, the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement.
Although TTIP only began a few months ago, it is becoming increasingly controversial as more people begin to realise what is at stake. As I explain in several updates below, one of the key problems is the presence of “investor-state dispute settlement” – ISDS – which I predict will prove to be the most contentious part of TTIP.
Indeed, I think it is likely that ISDS will generate so much resistance among the European public that ultimately it will be removed from TTIP completely in order to give other parts more chance of being passed by the European Parliament, which must approve the agreement once it has been negotiated. What follows is my attempt to track the twists and turns of the journey to that final, fateful vote.
TTIP Update l
A review of the few details that emerged from the first round of negotiations, including an attempt by the European Commission to convince us that TAFTA/TTIP is not another ACTA.
TTIP Update ll
An introduction to investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS), and why its presence in TAFTA/TTIP is a grave threat to European sovereignty, open source and the Internet.
TTIP Update III
A point-by-point rebuttal of a document in which the European Commission tries to prove that the presence of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP is not a problem.
TTIP Update IV
An exploration of how the public is kept in the dark over TAFTA/TTIP, and the dangrous asymmetries it contains.
TTIP Update V
A discussion of a major Wikileaks document discussing intellectual monopolies in TAFTA/TTIP’s sister agreement, TPP, and what it means for TTIP.
TTIP Update VI
An analysis of a leaked document outlining the European Commission’s communication strategy forTAFTA/TTIP, and a look at how disastrous other trade agreements like NAFTA and KORUS have been.
TTIP Update VII
Yet another, increasingly desperate attempt to justify the unjustifiable inclusion of ISDS in TAFTA/TTIP, and why the arguments simply don’t stand up to scrutiny.
TTIP Update VIII
Lifting the lid on how a new transatlantic “TTIP Regulatory Council” would bring in massive deregulation, with a consequent lowering of food, health and environmental standards in Europe.
TTIP Update IX
How an astonishing attack on Corporate Europe Observatory reveals a floundering European Commission increasingly concerned that it is losing control of the TAFTA/TTIP debate.
TTIP Update X
Another (failed) attack, this time by Karel De Gucht, the EU’s trade commissioner, who laughably tries to claim that there is no lack of transparency in the TAFTA negotiations, and that it’s worth accepting the threats posed by ISDS.
TTIP Update XI
So it looks like TAFTA/TTIP is, in fact, ACTA by the backdoor – despite what Mr De Gucht has said…
TTIP Update XII
Why the US Fast Track bill guarantees that TAFTA’s ISDS chapter will be one-sided and unfair for EU companies
TTIP Update XIII
Big news: EU pulls ISDS to allow unprecedented public consultation; UK report says ISDS in TTIPwould bring little or no benefit
TTIP Update XIV
What new CETA leaks tell us about EU’s plans to re-vamp ISDS – and why they aren’t enough to protect European sovereignty or democracy
TTIP Update XV
There are growing calls to keep data protection out of TAFTA/TTIP – and to reject the agreement if the privacy of European citizens is not adequately protected
TTIP Update XVI
More details emerge on ISDS provisions, and a rather ironic call for transparency from the paranoically opaque USTR
TTIP Update XVII
Bad news, lots of leaks, plus debunking another misleading European Commission document
TTIP Update XVIII
New leaks, new Web sites, a hidden threat from the “most-favoured nation” approach, and an astonishing claim that Germany wants ISDS out of TTIP
TTIP Update XIX
A newly-discovered CETA bug shows why the European Commission needs transparency; also, why regulatory data must be opendata
TTIP Update XX
All about transparency in TTIP – or, rather, the almost complete lack of it; includes details of three phantom EU consultations I never heard about, and few took part in
TTIP Update XXI
Why that best-case “€119 bn” GDP boost to EU economy equates to just an extra cup of coffee every month
TTIP Update XXII