Beginners Guide to Trade

Research Impact Studies

This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.

The EU trade and Investment Agenda: quashing the aspirations of the Arab Spring?

Policy Papers

In response to the ‘Arab Spring’, the EU is launching negotiations for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) with four Arab countries in transition – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Along with Libya, these four countries make up the Deauville Partnership, which was launched by the G8 in 2011 to support transition states towards becoming “free, democratic and tolerant societies”.

Reasons for not ratifying the Free Trade Agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru

Press Releases

The human rights situation in Colombia has not improved and the agreement will not contribute to an improvement

In Colombia the human rights situation continues to be dramatic, there have been no significant or structural improvements and on the contrary various human rights indicators continue to increase.

EU Investment policy and intra-EU BITs: the case of Czech Republic

Research Impact Studies

Over a span of two decades (1991-2012), the Czech Republic ratified 71 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs)1. Out of these, 18 are BITs with other EU Member States -better known as intra-EU BITs2.


Policy Papers

The European Union is highly dependent on imports of raw materials, to which European industry requires effi cient and secure access. In recent years raw materials security and related strategies have become one of the key priorities in the EU’s external actions as well as in interior policy  making.

NO to the EU - Colombia/Peru Free Trade Agreement

Campaign Leaflets

We can still stop those agreements for the society of Colombia, Peru and Central America to build their own future and economical development without being sold to trade interests. Sign now!

As citizens we must raise our voice against injustice. Let's make our Governments respect us! Act NOW! We say the EU should not meet trade agreements with countries where Human Rights are being violated!

Join our campaign to tell our Europarliamentaries ‘In my name, don’t ratify’.

Press Release: Stop EU policies violating the rights of poor people say NGOs

Research Impact Studies

EU policies are continuing to seriously undermine rights in developing countries says a new report by CONCORD, the confederation of European development NGOs. The report shows incoherencies between EU development objectives and other policies, coming at an important time as the EU reforms its agricultural, trade and development policies.

Legalised Profiteering: How corporate lawyers are fuelling an investment arbitration boom

Policy Papers


On 10 March 2011, the world’s attention was firmly focused on events in the north African nation of Libya. A popular uprising against Gaddafi a month before had turned into a full-scale civil war. The concern voiced by rebels and politicians throughout the UN was of a possible imminent massacre. On the very same day, a prominent international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, also had its eye on Libya but seemed to have something very different on its mind than human casualties.

Globalising Hunger: Food Security and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Research Impact Studies

The publication analyses the impacts of the scramble for the cheapest raw materials, the exports of cereals, dairy and poultry products, as well as the effects of the growing demand for animal feed, by far the most important agricultural commodity imported into the European Union.

More than 500 organisations call upon the European Council to declare the FTA between the EU - Colombia and Peru as a mixed agreement

Press Releases

Brussels, September 29, 2011. The European Council has commenced the process necessary to approve the trade agreement between the EU-Colombia and Peru. In light of parliamentary questions to Commissioner Karel De Gucht regarding the grave human rights situation in Colombia, Latin American and European networks, grouped in OIDHACO, the bi-regional European-Latin American and Caribbean network Enlazando Alternativas, Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción al Desarrollo (ALOP), Grupo Sur, Hemispheric Social Alliance, la Red Colombiana de Acción contra el Libre Comercio (RECALCA) and CNCD-11.11.11, express their deep concern about the possible adoption of the Agreement.