ICTSD: TTIP: EU Officials Weigh ISDS Options as High-Level Meetings Continue

03/26/2015

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By BRIDGES, VOLUME 19 – NUMBER 11 | 3/26/15 | Source: BRIDGES WEEKLY – ICTSD

TTIP: EU Officials Weigh ISDS Options as High-Level Meetings Continue 

EU officials are now weighing potential ideas for addressing the controversial subject of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in their trade talks with the US, with European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström holding meetings in recent weeks with both EU parliamentarians and trade ministers to present some preliminary ideas.

Though the portion of the EU-US negotiations relating to ISDS and investment protections has been suspended since early 2014, the issue has remained at the forefront of TTIP-related public debate. (See Bridges Weekly, 23 January 2014)

EU member states have been divided in their opinions on ISDS, with Germany among the most vocal in expressing its scepticism. The US, for its part, has been insisting on the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement provisions in TTIP, though the issue has also been divisive on the American side of the Atlantic.

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