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Dutch trade minister backs UN Binding Treaty…..but also ISDS

Today we have some interesting developments in the Netherlands courtesy of Marieke van Doorn from the Dutch campaign Handel Anders: Good news. Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag has backed the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights. The EU as a bloc has been blocking progress on the treaty that campaigners see as being …

MEPs messed up on the dodgy Singapore ISDS deal – but the real fight begins here

  So, the great European Parliament defeat of ISDS wasn’t to be. Last Wednesday, a day before Valentines Day, MEPs dutifully lined up to express their love for a deal that could turn into an unhealthy relationship – for both sides. MEPs voted 436 to 203 in favour of the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). …

Campaigners across EU slam MEPs vote to approve ‘corporate stitch up’ Singapore deal

Campaigners from across Europe have expressed disappointment that the European Parliament passed the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA) today in a 436-203 vote. The agreement was controversial as it envisages reviving a form of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) – a parallel system of tribunals that activists say allow multinationals to bully governments into abandoning beneficial …

MEPs take note: EU-Singapore deal could hinder fight against fraud and corruption.

On Wednesday, MEPs vote on the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). There are a number of reasons to reject this agreement, but the most controversial thing about it is that it allows corporations to sue states using an obscure system called Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS). ISDS – in all its forms, including a proposed ‘Multilateral Investment Court’ …

Sued for existing – ancient Romanian town on the frontline of the battle against ISDS

Today, the 6th of February 2019, the Romanian town of Roşia Montană celebrates its 1888th year of existence. Its Latin name, Alburnus Maior, was mentioned for the first time in a wooden-wax tablet dated from 6th February 131 AD. Over the past 20 years, residents have fought against a proposed multi-billion dollar mining project, which …

In one week MEPs could kill ISDS forever…but will they?

On 12 February the European Parliament will vote on the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). Not heard of it? You’re not alone. Pro-ISDS forces in the Commission and Parliament are hoping that no one will notice that this seemingly obscure agreement actually holds the key to the revival of the dying system of investor-state dispute …