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; Must read:
 
; Must read:
 
* [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/TAFTA The web-dossier]
 
* [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/TAFTA The web-dossier]
 
* [[TAFTA_negociators|The negociators]]
 
* [[TAFTA_negociators|The negociators]]
* [[TAFTA_documents| Relevant documents on TAFTA]]
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* [[TAFTA_documents| Collection of documents and articles]]
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* [[TAFTA_procédures| Procedures]]
 
* All element of the wiki related [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Category:TAFTA TAFTA]
 
* All element of the wiki related [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Category:TAFTA TAFTA]
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; Related negotiations:
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* [[ACTA]] - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
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* [[CETA]] - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
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* [[GATS]] - General Agreement on Trade in Services
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* [[TAFTA]] - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
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* [[TiSA]] - Trade In Services Agreement (TISA)
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* [[TRIPS]] - Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
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* Rounds of International Negotiations:
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** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay_Round Uruguay Round]
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** [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doha_round Doha Round] also known as Doha Development Agenda (DDA) - [http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dda_e/dda_e.htm official page]
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TAFTA stands for Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement and is also known as TTIP, which stands for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. Although it calls itself a free-trade agreement, it covers many more issues other than trade. It touches for instance on questions related to copyright, and data protection, and introduces a system of investory-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
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TAFTA stands for Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement and is also known as TTIP, which stands for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It is being negotiated between the [http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/ European Union] and the [http://www.ustr.gov/ttip United States of America]. Although it calls itself a free-trade agreement, it covers many more issues other than trade. It touches for instance on questions related to copyright, and data protection, and introduces a system of investory-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
 
 
'''Time table'''
 
*19 - 23 May 2014 – Round of negotiations in Washington D.C.
 
*December 2014 – Round of negotiations in Brussels
 
* 27 March - 21 June 2014 - [http://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=179 European Commission's public online consultation on investor protection in TAFTA/TTIP]. [https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/TAFTA_documents#Investor-State_Dispute_Settlement_.28ISDS.29 | Articles]] and other information to help you submit a reponse to the consulation.
 
 
 
'''Background'''
 
 
 
Negotiations started in July 2013, one year after ACTA was voted out by the European Parliament. Civil society had called on democratic representatives to introduce stronger protections on copyright, patents and trademarks in the EU, especially with regard to its demands in the TAFTA negotiations. Moreover, the negotiations of ACTA, and now TAFTA, are predominantely done in obscurity, seriously weaking any oversight by civil society.
 
 
 
The European Parliament [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/european-commission-must-listen-to-parliaments-call-to-act-against-surveillance-programmes stated that], considering Snowden's revelations, that data protection not be negotiated in TAFTA.
 
 
 
It is essential that citizens make their voices heard and act to prevent that this new trade agreement undermines our fundamental freedom and a free and open Internet.
 
  
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'''Essential Points'''
  
'''Essential Points'''
 
 
When ACTA was voted down by the European Parliament in July 2012 it was due to public opposition to the propositions it contained on copyright. Now TTIP/TAFTA is trying to introduce very similar if not identical propositions. Although officially copies of the text being negotiated were not released, leaks have demonstrated that articles on intellectual property are included in TTIP/TAFTA. This free-trade negotiations address not only questions of copyright however but touch on many other subjects. This is not an exhaustive list, but a list of topics and problems related to it.  
 
When ACTA was voted down by the European Parliament in July 2012 it was due to public opposition to the propositions it contained on copyright. Now TTIP/TAFTA is trying to introduce very similar if not identical propositions. Although officially copies of the text being negotiated were not released, leaks have demonstrated that articles on intellectual property are included in TTIP/TAFTA. This free-trade negotiations address not only questions of copyright however but touch on many other subjects. This is not an exhaustive list, but a list of topics and problems related to it.  
  
* Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In order to make it easier for corporations to take states to court in case that they feel a contract was broken, this mechanism would give corporations more power vis-a-vis democratically elected governments.  
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* [http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Portal:Data_Protection Personal Data] (Privacy issues). The European Parliament [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/european-commission-must-listen-to-parliaments-call-to-act-against-surveillance-programmes stated that], considering Snowden's revelations, that data protection not be negotiated in TAFTA. 
* Copyright questions. As stated above, TTIP/TAFTA is a kind of ACTA by the backdoor. It appears to contain many of the same clauses as ACTA (link to ACTA dossier).
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* [https://wiki.laquadrature.net/TAFTA_documents#Investor-State_Dispute_Settlement_.28ISDS.29 Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)]. In order to make it easier for corporations to take states to court in case that they feel a contract was broken, this mechanism would give corporations more power vis-a-vis democratically elected governments.  
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* [https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Portal:_Copyright Copyright] questions. As stated above, TTIP/TAFTA is a kind of ACTA by the backdoor. It appears to contain many of the same clauses as [[ACTA]].
 
* Transparency. This is an issue in and of itself. Neither the European Commission nor the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have published official documents and it is therefore difficult for civil society actors to take positions on these negotiations.  
 
* Transparency. This is an issue in and of itself. Neither the European Commission nor the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have published official documents and it is therefore difficult for civil society actors to take positions on these negotiations.  
 
* Other issues such as fracking, ...  
 
* Other issues such as fracking, ...  
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'''How you can help'''
 
'''How you can help'''
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Whatever your skills you can participate in the development of the project by contacting us on IRC: #laquadrature, by email: contact at laquadrature.net or by [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/how-to-participate participating with LQDN in other ways].
 
Whatever your skills you can participate in the development of the project by contacting us on IRC: #laquadrature, by email: contact at laquadrature.net or by [http://www.laquadrature.net/en/how-to-participate participating with LQDN in other ways].
  

Latest revision as of 09:46, 7 June 2014


TAFTA Logo
Must read
Related negotiations
  • ACTA - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  • CETA - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
  • GATS - General Agreement on Trade in Services
  • TAFTA - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  • TiSA - Trade In Services Agreement (TISA)
  • TRIPS - Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Rounds of International Negotiations:
  • ...

TAFTA stands for Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement and is also known as TTIP, which stands for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. Although it calls itself a free-trade agreement, it covers many more issues other than trade. It touches for instance on questions related to copyright, and data protection, and introduces a system of investory-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

Essential Points

When ACTA was voted down by the European Parliament in July 2012 it was due to public opposition to the propositions it contained on copyright. Now TTIP/TAFTA is trying to introduce very similar if not identical propositions. Although officially copies of the text being negotiated were not released, leaks have demonstrated that articles on intellectual property are included in TTIP/TAFTA. This free-trade negotiations address not only questions of copyright however but touch on many other subjects. This is not an exhaustive list, but a list of topics and problems related to it.

  • Personal Data (Privacy issues). The European Parliament stated that, considering Snowden's revelations, that data protection not be negotiated in TAFTA.
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In order to make it easier for corporations to take states to court in case that they feel a contract was broken, this mechanism would give corporations more power vis-a-vis democratically elected governments.
  • Copyright questions. As stated above, TTIP/TAFTA is a kind of ACTA by the backdoor. It appears to contain many of the same clauses as ACTA.
  • Transparency. This is an issue in and of itself. Neither the European Commission nor the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have published official documents and it is therefore difficult for civil society actors to take positions on these negotiations.
  • Other issues such as fracking, ...

For a treasure trove of documents on TTIP/TAFTA go here:


How you can help

Whatever your skills you can participate in the development of the project by contacting us on IRC: #laquadrature, by email: contact at laquadrature.net or by participating with LQDN in other ways.

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