News / 6 October 2011

An Assessment of EU’s New Mandate on International Investments

On 12th September 2011, the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) officially approved negotiating mandate for investment protection measures under the proposed free trade agreements with India, Singapore and Canada. The secretive manner in which the negotiating mandate was approved raises several legitimate questions about the entire process.


Burghard Ilge from Both ENDS and Kavaljit Singh, director of the 'Public Interest Research Center' in India, made an analysis of the recently leaked EU's negotiating mandate. The authors contend that by approving such a lop-sided negotiating mandate, the European member-states have lost an opportunity to achieve a greater balance between investors' rights and host government policy space.

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