9 December 2019

An obscure investment agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), threatens to undermine bold climate action to transform Europe’s energy system.

But as negotiations begin for the reform of the treaty, this paper asks, is it beyond repair? When it comes to ending its protection for fossil fuels, and scrapping investor rights for climate-damaging industries, the 'modernisation' could be doomed to fail.

30 September 2019

On September 30 2019, the day of Phil Hogan’s interview to become EU trade commissioner, an alliance of European civil society organisations published an open letter to European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, and to Phil Hogan himself.
Lobby Control, Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe, together with several signatories, are pointing out the lack of transparency in the ongoing EU-US trade talks, especially on the issue of so-called “regulatory cooperation”.

NGOs call on the Trade Commission

23 September 2019

On 24th of September EU Energy Ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss in the Council the contribution of the energy sector to climate action. The discussion is meant to help member states prepare their revised national energy and climate plans - due to be presented by the end of  the year.

24 June 2019

Imagine an environmentally or socially destructive corporate project – say, a toxic mine, which could poison your local supply of water, or a luxury real estate project, which would displace hundreds of people. You and your community oppose the plans, the courts judge in your favour and the project is stopped. Seems like a community victory, right? But then the company behind the project sues your country for interfering with its profits, demanding millions or even billions in compensation.

18 June 2019

In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations.

12 March 2019

The EU-Indonesia trade deal CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) is currently being discussed in Brussels. Indonesian negotiators are hoping to sell their favourite good to Europeans: palm oil. A commodity smeared with controversy, as it causes labour violations, deforestation or climate change.

18 February 2019

On 21st February, the European Council has decided on the adoption of two mandates to allow the EU Commission to start negotiating a trade deal with the United States. Over 100 global and European civil society groups demand EU Member States to reject this deal as it endangers the climate and is not in line with the Paris agreement.

15 October 2018

The European Union and its Member States are important actors when it comes to shaping globalisation.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

21 September 2018

On 21 September 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada entered into force provisionally and was applied to 90%.


The CETA controversy has led the European Commission to rebrand the undemocratic ISDS tribunals (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) as ICS (Investment Court System). However, the changes are minor and only procedural while the main points of criticism against ISDS have not been addressed.

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