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The EU is currently negotiating a large number of trade agreements with countries across the world, such as TTIP, the trade agreement between the European Union and USA. UNI Europa follows these negotiations closely.

TTIP, the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, is the trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and USA. Whilst the negotiations are ongoing, the agreement will most likely include an investor-state-dispute-settlement system. This system which goes under several names, the latest ICS, gives privileges to foreign investors in Europe as they can subject state regulations to often multi-million dollar court settlements. The question is: can collective agreements also be subject to such settlements?
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Joint ETUF letter to MEPs ahead of CETA vote

Monday 6 February 2017

UNI Europa, together with European trade union federations EPSU, EFFAT, EFJ, ETF, ETUCE, EFBWW and IndustriAll, have sent a letter to members of the European Parliament asking them not to give consent to CETA in the plenary vote scheduled for 15 February. The European trade union federations share a number of common concerns about CETA…

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Joint letter from European trade union federations to European Parliament ENVI committee ahead of Opinion vote on CETA

Thursday 22 December 2016

The European trade union federations have today sent a joint letter to members of the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) asking them to vote on 12 January in favour of the draft ENVI Opinion on CETA. They outlined their joint concerns about CETA, summarised as follows: The inclusion…

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UNI Europa statement on the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA)

Monday 12 December 2016

The trade union movement, in cooperation with civil society and some governments, has achieved substantial progress with regard to the content of CETA. However, the current agreement still does not meet red lines that UNI Europa has formulated. Accordingly, the UNI Europa Executive Committee, meeting on 1 December 2016, stressed that UNI Europa upholds its…

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Over 450 European and Canadian civil society groups urge legislators to reject CETA

Monday 28 November 2016

Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade…

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The CETA Compromise

Friday 28 October 2016

This week has seen a dramatic playoff between the Belgian region of Wallonia and the rest of the EU, as Wallonia initially denied to sign CETA – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU. As media houses and politicians from across the political spectrum lashed out to Wallonia blaming them for…

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