17 January 2019
UPDATED. Member states of the European Union have agreed to terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties to comply with the Achmea judgment – while a majority of them have also agreed to take steps to prevent intra-EU investor-state arbitrations being filed under the Energy Charter Treaty.
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