Three million people across Europe demand end to secret trade deals

7 October 2015 - 12:15am
Press release

A 3 million signature petition against TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, is being handed in to the European Commission in London and Brussels today.

The self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) will also be handed in to MPs around the country this week, one year after the petition began.

The petition against TTIP has collected more signatures than any other ECI to date – 500,000 people in the UK alone have signed the petition as part of the 3 million total across Europe.

The petition calls for an immediate end to negotiations on TTIP and its parallel deal CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), the EU-Canada trade deal.

War on Want Executive Director John Hilary, a member of the Stop TTIP citizens' committee, said: “The 3 million signatures collected for this petition shows that the people of Europe are against these corporate driven trade deals.

“The people of Europe have spoken, the politicians must no longer turn their backs on their constituents.”

Activist, author and TTIP citizens' committee member Susan George said more than 500 organisations across the EU have been part of the Stop TTIP ECI: “In one year alone we united three times as many people than needed for an ECI to be successful according to EU rules.

“This great success shows how strong opposition to TTIP and CETA has grown throughout Europe. If there is just a grain of truth to the promises for transparency and citizen consultation, the EU institutions must organise a hearing in Parliament and the Commission must take action to stop the treaties.”

 

Notes to editors

For further information and interviews, contact John Hilary on +44 7983 550727, Mark Dearn on +44 7804 289680, or Susan George on + 33 1 4548 4801.

Action photos will be available from about 12pm at: www.flickr.com/photos/eci_ttip/

An action video will be available at: www.youtube.com/user/ecittip

For more information on TTIP, visit: www.waronwant.org/ttip  

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