TTIP Updates – The Glyn Moody blogs
Tracking the twists and turns of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and spelling out what it really means
Published 16:23, 28 November 13
At the start of 2012 I began a series of posts about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – ACTA. These took the form of updates on how ACTAwas developing. I did this because I had a sense of how quickly things were moving, and how complicated the issues were, and I wanted to try to track those as they happened.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An exploration of how the public is kept in the dark over TAFTA/TTIP, and the dangrous asymmetries it contains.
A discussion of a major Wikileaks document discussing intellectual monopolies in TAFTA/TTIP’s sister agreement, TPP, and what it means for TTIP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So it looks like TAFTA/TTIP is, in fact, ACTA by the backdoor – despite what Mr De Gucht has said…
Why the US Fast Track bill guarantees that TAFTA’s ISDS chapter will be one-sided and unfair for EU companies
Big news: EU pulls ISDS to allow unprecedented public consultation; UK report says ISDS in TTIPwould bring little or no benefit
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
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
More details emerge on ISDS provisions, and a rather ironic call for transparency from the paranoically opaque USTR
Bad news, lots of leaks, plus debunking another misleading European Commission document
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
A newly-discovered CETA bug shows why the European Commission needs transparency; also, why regulatory data must be opendata
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
Why that best-case “€119 bn” GDP boost to EU economy equates to just an extra cup of coffee every month