MEPs will debate investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) rules in EU trade and investment agreements at a workshop on Tuesday, 1 April, 9-11h. These rules, allowing investors to sue foreign governments, are a key issue for the proposed trade and investment deal (TTIP) with the US. The EU Commission launched a public consultation last Thursday, following the suspension of the investment chapter in the on-going TTIP talks.
About 98% of the customs duties that Ukrainian goods exporters pay at EU borders would be removed by a proposal backed by the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Thursday. This unilateral measure would boost Ukraine’s struggling economy by saving its manufacturers and exporters €487 million a year.