Global Research News covers our court case against the Commission: "The current far-reaching free trade talks between the EU and India are being carried out behind closed doors. People and groups are therefore rightly concerned that proper accountability and effective public scrutiny are being sidelined in favour of a business-led agenda."
Freedom of information portal wobbing.eu about our court case against the European Commission: "Business interests were given confidential documents on trade talks, whilst the very same documents were refused to a lobbyist watchdog and the public. This selective disclosure has been appealed to the European Court of Justice."
This excellent investigative piece by Bloomberg looks into the conflicts of interest of today's "supreme court judges of the world” - the arbitrators who are deciding multi-million dollar lawsuits launched by foreign investors against governments. It mentions our report "Profiting from Injustice", which called the arbitrators “the epitome of a close-knit community.”
Yesterday evening, German radio NDR broadcasted a 30-minutes feature on the international investment regime looking deeply into the role of law firms and financiers as we revealed it in "Profiting from Injustice": "Es ist ein Geschäftsfeld gewiefter Anwaltskanzleien, die vom Streit profitieren. Und weil der Profit offensichtlich groß ist, hat die Finanzindustrie diesen Markt entdeckt und finanziert Prozesse gegen Staaten."
This article explains the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) poses a serious threat as it could weaken labour, social, environmental and consumer protection standards and it mentions CEO's work on the issue, exposing this threat.
Already last week French weekly Politis published an extensive article covering our analysis of the investor-state dispute settlement provisions in the proposed EU-US free trade deal, "une bombe à fragmentation nommée « règlement des différents » entre investisseur privé et Etat".
An article about the secrecy in EU trade negotiations by German online portal "Zeit.online" mentions CEO's court case which has been challenging the corporate capture of EU trade policy: "Es ist nicht legitim, Organisationen mit Expertise zu diesen Themen – Gewerkschaften, Gesundheitsorganisationen, Menschenrechtsgruppen – und auch die breitere Öffentlichkeit außen vor zu halten und Akteure mit Profitinteressen privilegiert in den Politikprozess einzubinden." The article was also published by The Slovenian weekly Mla
Lobbyismus Ein Palmöl-Konzern lädt Europaabgeordnete nach Singapur und Malaysia ein – kurz vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung des europäischen Parlaments zur Förderung von Agrosprit
Bangalore based Indian daily "Deccan Herald" also published Colin Todhunter's article on the court ruling in our case against the European Commission: "What we are seeing with the EU-India FTA is democracy being sidelined for the blind pursuit of an unaccountable corporate driven agenda."
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.