Event: The EU’s Multilateral Investment Court and its alternatives (Brussels, 22 September 2017)

Last year the European Commission announced plans to establish a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) in its attempt to reform the investment arbitration system, known as ISDS. However, the proposal has received little public scrutiny so far. Now five civil society organisations are organising a public event with international experts to discuss the MIC and examine alternative approaches.

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (20 September 2017)

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Press Release: According to Advocate General Wathelet, the arbitration clause in the investment protection agreement concluded between the Netherlands and Slovakia is compatible with EU law

That clause does not constitute discrimination on grounds of nationality, is compatible with the preliminary ruling mechanism and does not undermine either the allocation of powers fixed by the Treaties or the autonomy of the EU legal system

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Council Decision authorising the Commission to negotiate instruments on the enforcement of international commercial settlement agreements resulting from conciliation in the framework of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 September 2017)

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Impact Assessment – Multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution

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Factsheet: The Multilateral Investment Court

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Press Release: State of the Union 2017 – Trade Package: Commission unveils initiatives for a balanced and progressive trade policy

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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Convention establishing a multilateral court for the settlement of investment disputes

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Overview: A Balanced and Progressive Trade Policy to Harness Globalisation

View in one post all the proposals that form part of the announcements Commission President Juncker made in today’s State of the Union.
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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand

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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Australia

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Report on the Implementation of the Trade Policy Strategy Trade for All Delivering a Progressive Trade Policy to Harness Globalisation

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Communication from the Commission to the Institutions on A Balanced and Progressive Trade Policy to Harness Globalisation

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Agenda: Working Party on Civil Law Matters (General Questions) (20 September 2017)

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Factsheet: The Opinion of the European Court of Justice on the EU-Singapore Trade Agreement and the Division of Competences in Trade Policy

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Civil Law Matters (General Questions) (13 September 2017)

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UPDATED – Report: EP INTA Committee on the negotiations of the modernisation of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 September 2017)

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Report: EP INTA Committee on the Impact of international trade and the EU’s trade policies on global value chains

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Press Release: Johannes Hahn attends informal Western Balkans Prime Ministers’ meeting in Durrës, Albania

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Durrës, Albania, on Saturday 26 August, to attend the informal meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans Six. The focus of the meeting will be on boosting the implementation of the commitments taken at the Trieste Summit in July 2017, especially the action plan on the deepening of regional economic integration. The Regional Economic Area agreed at the Trieste Summit will provide new opportunities for businesses and citizens alike and strengthen growth and jobs. The next concrete steps include the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, identifying and scrapping red tape and regulatory barriers that impede trade and investment in the region, setting up a regional dialogue on digital transformation, and launching negotiations on a dispute settlement mechanism. The European Commission strongly supports the Western Balkans’ regional co-operation as an integral part of their EU accession perspective, through substantial investments in connecting infrastructure, economies and people within the region itself and between the Western Balkans’ region and the European Union. Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570)

Source: European Commission

Study: In Pursuit of an International Investment Court. Recently Negotiated Investment Chapters in EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements in Comparative Perspective

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General overview of active WTO Dispute Settlement Cases – July 2017

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