EU trade commissioner presented with giant ears in TTIP stunt

16 February 2015 - 11:15am
Press release

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was today presented with a pair of giant ears by UK campaigners protesting against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

 

The presentation took place as Malmström addressed a public seminar on TTIP at Europe House, the European Commission headquarters in London.

Activists staged the stunt to highlight the European Commission's failure to heed public opposition to the EU-US deal, which official estimates predict will lead to the loss of at least one million jobs. [1]

Tim Flitcroft, one of those behind the protest, said: “Cecilia Malmström is touring Europe to shore up support for this massively unpopular deal. Instead she should be listening to the European people's clear rejection of TTIP and everything it stands for. What part of ‘no' does she not understand?”

The European Commission has published the results of its public consultation into the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism within TTIP that would offer US corporations new powers to sue European governments for actions leading to a loss of future profits.

The consultation met with a record 150,000 responses from across Europe, over 97% of which rejected the inclusion of ISDS outright.

In addition, the European Citizens' Initiative launched in October 2014 by campaigns groups from across the EU has now garnered over 1.4 million signatures in full opposition to the EU-US deal.

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] The prediction of one million job losses is calculated from the official impact assessment of TTIP commissioned by the EU at the start of the negotiations. For details, see http://tinyurl.com/jwb6j3s

 

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