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The Council of the EU has authorised the European Commission to represent the EU and its Member States in the intergovernmental talks at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), with a view to reforming the existing investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system. The latter provides a procedural framework for disputes between international investors and host states in relation to international investment agreements, and relies on arbitration procedures. The system has ...

The Council of the European Union has authorised the European Commission to represent the EU and its Member States at the intergovernmental talks at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), with a view to reforming the existing investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system. The latter provides a procedural framework for disputes between international investors and hosting states, and relies on arbitration procedures. However, there have been growing concerns among states ...

Over the six decades during which the World Bank has been active in Europe, its engagement has evolved hand in hand with the development of the continent. Initially supporting reconstruction efforts after World War II, it later shifted the focus of its action to development support. In the past, as today, it has provided financing, knowledge and assistance to countries seeking to join the European Union. As a starting point in providing a deeper insight into how the World Bank contributes to the ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above recommendation, submitted on 13 September 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on International Trade. The recommendation aims to pave the way for the creation of a framework for the resolution of international investment disputes. The IA notes that foreign investors and host countries have settled their investment disputes through the Investor-State ...

Recent controversial statements by new Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte are threatening to derail progress towards closer partnership between his country and the EU. Nevertheless, practical cooperation between the two sides, which began with European Community development aid 50 years ago, continues essentially unchanged. The EU and its Member States are still among the leading donors of aid to the Philippines, and EU-Philippines trade and investment is substantial. However, economic ties still ...

The Lisbon Treaty extends exclusive European Union competence to foreign direct investment (FDI). In this context the issue of dispute settlement will be included in future EU Investment Agreements. For such situations the European Commission has put forward a draft proposal on how financial responsibility could be shared between the EU and/or a Member State (MS). The proposal aims to address possible conflicts that may arise between the EU/Commission and the respective MS when claims are brought ...

Protectionism in the G20 (2012)

In-Depth Analysis 19-11-2012

Since global trade flows fell in 2008-2009, G20 countries have played a key role in preventing the return to protectionism that characterised the Great Depression. Their commitment to holding protectionism at bay has consequently contributed to reduce the impact of global crisis on the world economy, and their importance in avoiding scenarios even worse than the one we are currently experiencing is undeniable. Several G20 countries, however, have repeatedly resorted to measures that can only be described ...

Trade and Economic Relations with China - 2012

In-Depth Analysis 12-06-2012

2012 will be a politically interesting but difficult year for China. The 18th National Congress of the China's Communist Party, due to take place in the autumn, is unlikely to dramatically modify the economic and trade strategy that Beijing has followed so far. However, the Chinese policy-makers will have to make long-lasting decisions this year — including how to deal with the global financial turmoil that has gripped its most important trading partners, the United States and the European Union ...

This workshop took place on 16 April 2009 in the Committee on Budgets meeting, based on written contributions presented by experts in EU finances, development and energy from the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Overseas Development Institute and the European Investment Fund. The experts described the potential benefits stemming from the innovative nature of the fund, which may attract financial support from other donors in clean energy and serve as a role-model for further public-private ...

This study reviews the main economic parameters defining Asian economic success in 10 high-growth economies, scans their economic implications for trade and market penetration and highlights policy goals for the EU.