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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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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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It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!

It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!
Melina Monjour

Melina Monjour

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Melina is currently completing her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University in London. She holds a master’s degree in History and International Affairs from Paris Sorbonne University.In parallel to her studies, she gained experience in several Italian and French magazines, as well as collaborating with a think tank working in close contact with the French Parliament.Her broad research interests range from international affairs to energy related issues, geopolitics and natural resources.
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Yet, the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) still comprises thirty-eight per cent of the EU budget and is one of the pillars on which the EU has constructed itself upon. The agricultural world in general faces complex challenges. Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion people today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to […]

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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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Disintegration of EU values? – ISDS clauses in TTIP

Disintegration of EU values? -  ISDS clauses in TTIP
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 The presence of the classic ISDS in the TTIP agreement is a threat to core EU values such as democracy, rule of law, transparency, justice and social responsibility. ISDS is a mechanism previewed in several international investment agreements and its inclusion in TTIP is currently under discussion. It provides investors (ex: transnational […]

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