The Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement is an initiative supported by the European Commission to analyse the potential economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts of the investment protection agreement under negotiation and seek broad stakeholder input.
The EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement
On the occasion of the visit of the president of Myanmar U Thein Sein in Brussels on 5 March 2013, the EU and Myanmar agreed to "explore the feasibility of aninvestment agreement". One year later, on 20 March 2014, the negotiations for the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement were officially launched. The first round of negotiations took place on 9-12 February 2015 in Yangon, the second round on 25-29 May in Yangon and the third round on 21-23 September 2015.
The aim is to conclude a standalone investment protection agreement which would:
· provide certain guarantees regarding the treatment of EU investors in Myanmar and of Myanmar investors in the EU;
· ensure that these investors are not discriminated against;
· allow the enforcement of the protection provisions through access of investors to investment dispute settlement;
· support sustainable development by encouraging responsbile investment and promoting environmental protection and core labour standards;
· promote transparency;
and ultimately increase bilateral investment flows between the EU and Myanmar.
The objective and key provisions of this agreement will be guided by the recently concluded EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as well as by the principles for further reform put forward inthe Concept Paper http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2015/may/tradoc_153408.PDF.
The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission has sponsored this Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement to be carried out by DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Limited. SIAs were first developed by the European Commission in 1999 and are performed concurrently with trade negotiations. They feed into and steer the negotiations, assessing changes that are likely to be caused by the trade agreement, helping to identify possible trade-offs, and ensuring that the related policy choices are optimized.
The project consists of two equally important and complementary components: first, a robust analysis of the potential economic,social, environmental and human rights impacts that the investment protection agreement could have, conducted through desk research and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Second, a wide-ranging consultation process which will ensure a high degree of transparency and the engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the EU and in Myanmar. These include social partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), business, government and academia. The stakeholder consultation process will encompass face-to-face and telephone interviews, a questionnaire on this website, a local workshop in Myanmar, and meetings with civil society organisations in Brussels, amongst other activities.
If you have any questions or comments about this questionnaire or the SIA as a whole, please contact us at email@example.com.
All stakeholders are encouraged to contribute by completing the Questionnaire
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