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Human Rights: None of your business?

Human Rights: None of your business?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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The second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights just took place from 24-28 October 2016. The mandate established in the resolution 26/9  of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in 2014 is to elaborate a legally binding instrument to regulate […]

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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
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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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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TTIP, CETA, TPP and… another secret trade deal

TTIP, CETA, TPP and… another secret trade deal
Elien Verstraeten

Elien Verstraeten

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.
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Greenpeace has recently leaked an update of the text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), a trade deal being negotiated in secret since March 2013. Joining the talks are the European Union (EU) and 22 other countries, including the United States of America (US), Canada, Japan, Turkey, Israel and Pakistan. Together the participating countries […]

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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
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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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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On the way to Trade Justice in the EU?

On the way to Trade Justice in the EU?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) – a global network of organizations representing the fair trade supply chain suggests the implementation of 10 essential principles to achieve these objectives which would consequently also support the reduction of worldwide poverty through better trading conditions. Free trade has been for too long inconsiderate towards equity and justice […]

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TTIP: Solution looking for a problem

TTIP:  Solution looking for a problem
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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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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Corruption and corporatism – is TTIP still desirable for the EU?

Corruption and corporatism – is TTIP still desirable for the EU?
Dorin Chiritoiu

Dorin Chiritoiu

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Dorin pursues the interdisciplinary M.Sc. in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy offered by the University of Hamburg. His bachelor thesis explores the revival of protectionist trade policies following the 2007 global financial crisis. After spending a period of time at the Foundation for an Open Society Romania, he has become an active promoter of Open Educational Resources as a new way to enhance the learning process. He is now interested in schools of economic thought and how they influence the decision-making process.
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At the beginning of every economics course, students are taught that the free-market concept represents the solution to all the world’s economic problems. Markets alone are able to self-adjust so that there is no misallocation of resources. Hence, entrepreneurs know that absence of state interventionism will help them better predict the future, in which only […]

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The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?

The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki On the 28 of January 2016 the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament (JURI) adopted a draft version of the so known Trade Secret Directive which is scheduled to be debated in the EU Parliament in April 2016. The document is aimed at harmonizing EU members’ states laws on misappropriation of […]

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EU/Morocco trade: How can a David engage in a win-win situation with a Goliath?

EU/Morocco trade: How can a David engage in a win-win situation with a Goliath?
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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Author: Meriam Benhamza Nonetheless, it was met with distrust from Morocco’s entrepreneurs, who feared that it would not take into consideration the specificities of the country’s market. This led to the two parties halting the fifth round of negotiations in 2014, so Morocco can work on the visibility of the negotiation. In order to do […]

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The winding road to full EAC regional integration: lessons from the EU

The winding road to full EAC regional integration: lessons from the EU
Beatrice Mumbi

Beatrice Mumbi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Kenyan national currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration. I am currently working with an international refugee-serving organization Kenya as the regional advocacy officer covering five countries in Eastern Africa. Previously, I have worked with organizations promoting human rights and civil society development both in Kenya and in the islands of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji). My interests include democratization in Africa, African foreign policies, immigration and asylum policies and sustainable development.
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Author: Beatrice Mumbi It is instructive to note that from the 1960s to the seventies, East African region enjoyed a near-complete integration as a monetary union; common market and a common customs tariff were successfully implemented. A political federation was envisaged though it never came to be. Unfortunately, political differences between the Tanzanian and Ugandan […]

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