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Positive implications of CETA on the wood industry sector in the EU and CANADA

Positive implications of CETA on the wood industry sector in the EU and CANADA
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Even though the agreement hasn’t got as much attention as TTIP for example – probably due to the fact that Europeans and Canadians are quite alike, the importance of the agreement shouldn’t be called into question – it is simply enormous. The agreement is expected to increase trade in goods and services between both parties […]

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The world’s favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices

The world's favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices
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Let’s first reflect on the importance of coffee for the global economy. After petroleum, coffee is ranked as the world’s second most valuable traded commodity! Millions of small producers in developing countries, in the global south, rely on the consumption that mostly happens in the northern hemisphere.  Over 90% of coffee production takes place in […]

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TTIP: Solution looking for a problem

TTIP:  Solution looking for a problem
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The agreement is currently at the stage of negotiations and its content is only available to politicians, negotiators, and big corporations, whereas the public is not allowed to read it – as if it is the matter of top secret. Clearly, one can expect that omission of the public when drafting this document would not […]

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The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation

The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation
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Illegal logging is a global and widespread problem which exact scale and value are hard to estimate and quantify, however, the impacts of illegal logging directly challenge and weaken sustainable economic growth, equitable development and conservation of the environment. According to the World Bank estimates, illegal logging and illegal wood trade practices cost governments and […]

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