Europe calls on MEPs to reject current TTIP

3 March 2015 - 10:00am
Press release

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A coalition of 375 civil society organisations from across Europe, including War on Want, Greenpeace and trade unions UNISON and GMB, have today published a joint letter to all MEPs calling on them to reject any EU-US trade treaty that does not serve the public interest. 

The letter (attached here) addresses MEPs as they prepare the text of a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for adoption by the European Parliament's forthcoming plenary session.

It is also published as part of the latest 'TTIP Twitter Tuesday', which campaigners are using to highlight the growing concerns at the threats that TTIP will bring.

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, said: "The people of Europe want nothing to do with this dangerous deal being cooked up between the EU and USA. We call on all MEPs to represent the views of their constituents and to reject any agreement that does not serve the public interest. Corporate greed must not come before genuine need."

The letter demands a radical departure from the current negotiations, including:

  • full transparency so that all negotiating documents are immediately made public
  • no investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism to grant corporations a parallel judicial system to sue host governments for loss of profits
  • no deregulation of social and environmental standards through TTIP
  • no Regulatory Cooperation Council that could produce a 'chilling effect' on future regulations
  • no privatisation of health care, education or other public services 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

For more information on the process for the resolution at the European Parliament, or for interviews, contact John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, on +44 7983 550727, or jhilary@waronwant.org

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