European Parliament fails to pass TTIP resolution

9 June 2015 - 3:45pm
Press release

The European Parliament has failed to pass a resolution in support of ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

MEPs had been due to vote tomorrow, 10 June, but the vote was called off this afternoon, according to sources in the European Parliament.

The lack of any vote means the European Commission is denied a mandate from parliament on TTIP.

The vote on TTIP would have been the first on the trade deal for the current parliament, which was elected in 2014. Sources cited the high number of amendments tabled by MEPs as a key reason for the vote’s postponement.

War on Want Executive Director John Hilary is in Strasbourg at the European Parliament. He said: “The TTIP resolution on the table for MEPs flew in the face of public opinion in Europe. It welcomed TTIP, while the people of Europe have clearly stated their rejection of TTIP.

“A postponement of the vote is better than approving a TTIP resolution, but MEPs must now think very seriously about their representation of European people’s wishes.”

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

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

Today’s postponement comes two weeks after a vote in the EP’s trade committee agreed the resolution scheduled to be voted on, which also included support for an amendment backing the use of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS); see here.

Over 2.1 million people from across Europe have signed the European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA, including more than a quarter of a million from the UK; see here.

The European Commission’s consultation on TTIP was completed in July 2014; to see the results, visit here.

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