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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 …

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 …

What a week – ¼ MILLION Europeans hit back against corporate power

  Europe says enough! In the space of just one week, a quarter of a million Europeans have united to deliver a clear message to the European Commission and national governments. Their efforts to revitalise the discredited ISDS system of corporate courts will not be allowed to pass. Their opposition to a meaningful system of …