Archive for year: 2014
The European Federation for Investment and Arbitration (EFIA) has commenced its activities on 1 July 2014. EFIA will serve as the main voice of the investment arbitration users community, including the EU Member States, investors and providers of legal services, at the European level, to advocate for the highest level of protection for all European investors in future International Investment Agreements signed by the European Union.
New independent study commissioned by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports inclusion of ISDS in TTIP with the necessary safeguards. Please click here, to read the study.
Designated S-G of EFILA, Nikos Lavranos, spoke at GAR live event in Frankfurt. He argued that the adoption of the US model BIT will lead to more control over arbitral tribunals by contracting parties, thereby reducing the independence of arbitral tribunals and thus the usefulness of investment arbitration for resolving disputes between investors and states.
To read a report from the event, please click here.
From 10 to 14 March 2014 in Brussels representatives of the EU and the USA will hold the fourth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. On that occasion, the Directorate-General for Trade will host a stakeholder briefing session on the status of the negotiations. For more information and to register, please click here.
On Friday 16 May 2014, EFILA and VNO-NCW jointly hosted a Round Table on a possible Appeal mechanism for all investment arbitrations. The outcome might inform the EU negotiators on a possible way forward with the dispute resolution mechanism in the TTIP.