TTIP talks in trouble, no end in sight

23 October 2015 - 5:15pm
Press release

TTIP may not be completed by the end of the Obama presidency, business and European Commission sources revealed during negotiations in Miami this week.

The 11th round of negotiations for the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been beset by delays, with the EU and US failing to meet established schedules to exchange offers on tariffs, with offers on market access also submitted late.

While the EU and US trumpet “stakeholder outreach” as key to the deal, there was no pause in negotiations for outreach sessions. Consequently, investment negotiators failed to attend stakeholder sessions on investment.

War on Want trade campaigner Mark Dearn said: “TTIP negotiations are not going as planned – neither in terms of satisfying what each side wants, meeting deadlines, nor in fulfilling supposed ‘outreach’ with civil society groups. With negotiators not even bothering to turn up at outreach sessions, it’s clear that they are a sham.

“Millions of people across Europe calling for an immediate end to TTIP negotiations - EU governments would be better of listening to their constituents than continuing with these secret negotiations the people of Europe do not want."

The controversial ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement) mechanism, removed from negotiations last year after huge public outcry, is once again on the table for negotiation. However, it is now expected that the critical area of removing EU food protections will not be discussed until the final period of negotiations.

ENDS

 

Notes for Editors

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

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

More than 3.3 million people across Europe have signed a European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP. For more information: http://www.waronwant.org/say-no-ttip

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