Online portal Intellectual Property Watch reports on CEO's court case against the EU Commission: "The Corporate Europe Observatory and the European Commission presented their arguments in a case over access to documents about the EU-India free trade agreement before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg last Friday...."
How can documents that the European Commission has already shared with the business community at large suddenly become confidential when a public interest group asks for their disclosure - asks Pia Eberhardt in an opinion piece for Public Service Europe.
Europolitics article about CEO's court case against the Commission (for subscribers only): "The European Commission appeared before the Court of Justice of the European Union, on 11 January, to defend its decision to refuse access to a certain number of documents regarding the EU-India free trade negotiations..."
The online portal wobbing.eu writes about our court case against the EU Commission: "Internal EU-documents about trade with India were handed out to business lobbyist while a lobbyist watchdog was denied access. On January 11 one of the EU-courts in Luxembourg will hear the Commission explain why some actors are treated differently than others..."
"The European Commission is set to appear before an EU Court on Friday, over access to information regarding negotiations on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement", writes Vidya Ram in the Hindu's Business Line.
Canadian local newspaper Saanich Voice Online mentions our report Profiting from Injustice. It quotes Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands saying: “A new European report blows a hole through the idea that the arbitration is impartial and unbiased. In fact, there is an elite group of international lawyers, who are making millions out of being global ambulance chasers. They seek the cases, talk governments into entering into FIPAs and reap the rewards of $1,000 an hour as they serve on these cases.”
Journalist and author Frances Russell writes at length about our report "Profiting from Injustice" for Canadian online magazine iPolitics. She writes: NAFTA and its growing ranks of copycats like the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement are about nothing less than entrenching de facto government by transnational corporations. So far, the corporations are winning.
The Berliner Zeitung joined one of our lobbytours and writes: Mit welchen Strategien und Tricks Firmenlobbyisten in Brüssel auf die EU-Gesetzgebung Einfluss nehmen. The same article was also published in the Frankfurter Rundschau: http://www.fr-online.de/wirtschaft/lobbyismus-in-bruessel-stadt-der-flue...
The German TV programme, Monitor, ran an item on the European Commission's plans to privatise water services in Europe on Thursday 13 December - watch Olivier Hoedeman from Corporate Europe Observatory explaining the problems caused by privatisation. The programme is available online here and an English transcript of the item is available here
CorpWatch blog about our report "Profiting from Injustice": Dozens of highly paid international lawyers are pocketing millions of dollars in fees from multinational corporations to sue governments in secretive “arbitration tribunals” for profits they claim to be owed under international investment treaties...
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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.