EU to sacrifice public services and farmers in TTIP talks

28 April 2016 - 12:30pm
Press release

News coming out of the 13th round of secretive negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) taking place in New York this week reveals the new level of threat the deal poses to jobs and public services.

The EU has indicated that it is prepared to sacrifice public services and sensitive tariffs on agriculture in exchange for the USA opening up its public procurement markets – a move which would cause significant loss of jobs.

War on Want Senior Trade Campaigner Mark Dearn said: “The EU is finally admitting that under TTIP Europe’s public services are up for grabs. We now learn that is also willing to destroy EU farmers’ livelihoods by allowing in cheaper US produce in order to satisfy big business greed.”

TTIP talks are currently beset by deadlocks, with governments blaming each other for a lack of progress while public support plummets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dearn said: “Popular opposition to TTIP grows daily, with over 90,000 people recently taking to the streets of Hanover in protest and more than 150,000 British people calling on Barack Obama to end TTIP negotiations.

 “In recent weeks it’s become clear that TTIP is in real trouble, with governments warning that its failure is a real possibility. Now is the time to pull the plug on this dodgy deal.”

 

Notes to editors

For further information and interviews, contact John Hilary on +44 7983 550727 or Mark Dearn on +44 7804 289680

For more information on the current ‘state of play’ of TTIP negotiations, visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2016/april/tradoc_154477.pdf

 

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