Tagged: EU

NEWS: New Dutch Referendum To Challenge CETA

New Dutch referendum looms targeting EU-Canada trade and investment pact
Dutch activists announced they have garnered nearly two-thirds of the signatures needed to force the government to hold a referendum on the new EU-Canada trade and investment pact (CETA), in what may prove a fresh setback to the deal…

NEWS: Scottish Courts Uphold Alcohol MUP

Plans to set a minimum unit price for alcohol (MUP) in Scotland have been backed by the Scottish courts. The Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled against a challenge by the Scotch whisky industry. The alcohol industry contended that the plans were a breach of European Law. The ruling now paves the way for the Scottish government to implement its policy. The MUP policy had already been passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012…

NEWS: EU: Commissioner Backs Alcohol Policy Measures

European commissioner backs alcohol policy measures in Ireland
In his speech at a seminar organized by the Permanent Representation to EU of the Republic of Ireland on “Public health policy and alcohol-related harm” in Brussels on September 27, 2016, Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety expressed strong support for evidence-based alcohol policy measures, like the ones that the Republic of Ireland is discussing to introduce…

NEWS: Ireland: Alcohol Bill Opposed By 11 EU Countries

Eleven European Union member countries have reportedly opposed Ireland’s draft alcohol bill. The proposed Public Health Alcohol Bill includes provisions to ban broadcasting of alcohol ads before 9 PM local time, labels with calorie counts and health warnings, as well as prevention of the sale of extremely cheap alcohol…

NEWS: EU Approves Deal For New Beerhemoth

In October 2015 news broke of one of the biggest mergers in corporate history. Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, the two biggest beer producers in the world, agreed on terms for a gigantic deal to merge both companies. The merger is set to create a beer behemoth responsible for one in three beers sold worldwide. The final AB InBev offer is worth more than $110 billion. The combination would give AB InBev, already the world’s largest brewer, a massive operation in Africa, where it seeks greater presence in its thirst for profits, and more powerful dominance in Latin America.
As the New York Times reports, the European Commission has now signed off on AB InBev’s merger with SABMiller after the companies agreed to sell SABMiller’s premium brands in Europe and some other European operations…

NEWS: Big Business, Think Tanks, Lobbying

Big business, think tanks and lobbying all belong to the same cobweb of relations and business networks. In a long read The Correspondent, Bas van Beek, Jilles Mast, and Sophia Beunder of the Platform for Authentic Journalism, as well as correspondent Dimitri Tokmetzis who assisted with the data research, collaborate to analyse the ties of big business with think tanks, and show how these ties make think tanks lobbying vehicles…

NEWS: EU Revolving Door: Politicians To Lobbyists

In Brussels, European Commissioners or Members of the European Parliament are more and more often changing their deciton-maker suits for costumes that lobbyists wear. In this short film, Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl argue that close relationships between the EU executive and the corporations it regulates opens the door to corporate capture and potential conflicts of interest…

REPORT: Key Flaws In EU Proposals For TTIP Foreign Investor Protection

In November 2015, the European Commission released a proposed text on foreign investor protection in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In this paper, the researcher outlines key flaws in this proposal, including language buried in the text that significantly undermines the EC’s proposed provisions on the investment court system (ICS) and on the right to regulate…

BLOG: Big Beer Behemoth Big Problems Abound

The biggest beer producers agreed on terms for a gigantic deal that means profits for a few and serious threat to global health, development for the rest. Here’s my analysis of how and why this beer behemoth will mean trouble for global health and development…