British MPs condemn "unacceptable" TTIP threat to environment

10 March 2015 - 12:00am

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) risks starting an “unacceptable” race to the bottom in environmental regulations, a parliamentary committee warned today. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) made the claim in the report of its investigation into the potential impact of the trade treaty being negotiated between the EU and USA.

The EAC warned that TTIP's regulatory cooperation agenda threatens to ndermine the ‘precautionary principle' that is central to protecting the environment and public health in Europe. War on Want has repeatedly warned of the threat posed by the deregulation agenda at the heart of TTIP.

Europe calls on MEPs to reject current TTIP

3 March 2015 - 10:00am

A coalition of 375 civil society organisations from across Europe, including War on Want, Greenpeace and trade unions UNISON and GMB, have today published a joint letter to all MEPs calling on them to reject any EU-US trade treaty that does not serve the public interest. The letter (attached here) addresses MEPs as they prepare the text of a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for adoption by the European Parliament's forthcoming plenary session. It is also published as part of the latest 'TTIP Twitter Tuesday', which campaigners are using to highlight the growing concerns at the threats that TTIP will bring.

Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald's

25 February 2015 - 11:30am

Tax structure allowed McDonald's to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013.

Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald's deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. 

EU trade commissioner presented with giant ears in TTIP stunt

16 February 2015 - 11:15am

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.

Government propaganda defence on TTIP

15 January 2015 - 12:30pm

War on Want has been handed four documents sent out by the government chief whip, Michael Gove MP, prior to today's parliamentary debate on TTIP, asking MPs to speak up against 'scaremongering' over the impacts of the secret EU-US deal. In reality, the concerns over TTIP are fully justified and - as we have shown before - the government's arguments are worthless. We attach here the documents as sent out yesterday by Michael Gove. The campaign against TTIP clearly has the government on the back foot, as they realise their attempts to hand over power to transnational corporations are being rejected by the UK public at every turn


EU condemned for ‘corporate courts' in EU-US deal

13 January 2015 - 1:47pm

European public rejects ISDS in EU consultation

The European Commission today faced condemnation for its decision to press ahead with a massive transfer of power to big business in the face of clear public opposition.

The assault comes as the EU reports the results of its public consultation on the inclusion of investor protection provisions, especially the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The Commission received a record 150,000 responses to the consultation, 99.62% from individuals and 52,008 from the UK.

In publishing the results of the consultation today, the EU admitted that the vast majority (over 97%) of respondents had opposed ISDS.

War on Want Executive Director, John Hilary, said: "The European Commission can no longer be in any doubt as to the strength of public feeling against this transfer of power to big business. Record numbers have said no to the prospect of corporate courts in Europe, yet the EU is still pressing ahead regardless. The TTIP negotiations should be abandoned rather than risk an end to our national democracy."

Hilary continued: "The UK government has a particular case to answer, in that it has led the group of 14 EU governments demanding to keep these new anti-democratic powers in TTIP. David Cameron and Vince Cable are selling us down the river, and they should be held to account."

The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism within TTIP has been identified as a direct threat to democracy, as it would grant transnational corporations the power to sue individual countries directly for losses suffered in their jurisdictions as a result of public policy decisions.

Corporations would be granted the power to challenge democratic decisions made by sovereign states, and to claim compensation where those decisions have an adverse impact on their profits.

In today's report on the consultation, the European Commission accepts: "The collective submissions reflect a wide-spread opposition to investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP or in general."

The UK parliament will debate TTIP this coming Thursday, 15 January, in a backbench debate on the motion presented by Geraint Davies MP. 

Notes to editors

CONTACT: War on Want media officer Ruth Tanner (44) (0)20 7324 5053 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

The 140-page EU report on the ISDS consultation is available online here, with accompanying press release here.

War on Want's submission to the European Commission's consultation on investor protection in TTIP can be read here

One million no TTIP signatures and counting

9 December 2014 - 10:42am

Press release, Stop TTIP, Thursday 04/12/2014

 Self-organised European Citizens' Initiative against US and Canada trade deals tops a million signatures in record time  

Media alert ***Photo stunt, Brussels*** Jean-Claude Juncker to receive a special birthday present for his 60th.

More than a million people across Europe have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative in the last two months opposing trade deals between the European Union and North America. The campaign, run by the Stop TTIP coalition, is supported by more than 320 civil society organisations, trade unions and consumer watchdogs from 24 EU Member States.

Campaigners say that the controversial trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA, would give unprecedented power to international corporations and thus threaten to overrule democracy, the rule of law as well as environmental and consumer protection. The treaties would allow governments to be sued by corporations before private arbitration boards if their laws or policies damage the company's profits.

John Hilary, a member of Stop TTIP's Citizens' Committee commented: “Stop TTIP has collected more than a million signatures in record time. This is especially embarrassing for the European Commission as it has tried repeatedly to block any citizens' involvement in the way these treaties are being negotiated and what the outcome should be. Jean Claude Juncker should listen to the growing opposition and stop both treaties immediately.”

In mid-July, the Stop TTIP coalition had applied to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) demanding that the European Commission stop the negotiations on TTIP and not to conclude CETA. According to EU rules, an ECI of more than a million signatures can force the European Commission to review a policy and hold a hearing in the European Parliament. However, in early September the European Commission refused to register the ECI, claiming that it was not admissible. Stop TTIP then went ahead with a self-organised version of the ECI and is also challenging the European Commission's decision in the European Court of Justice.

Susan George, a member of Stop TTIP's Citizens' Committee: “The European Union is desperately trying to stifle citizens' involvement and prevent a critical debate from taking place about these trade deals. We don't accept this. TTIP and CETA threaten democracy, labour rights, environmental standards and vital public services. Citizens want to have a say in this and they should! One million have already said “No, thanks!” How many more need to speak out before Brussels will listen?”

Stop TTIP announced it would intensify protests in the months to come. The signature collection will be continued and will be accompanied by creative actions and marches. The first of these will take place in Brussels on December 9th, the 60th birthday of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

John Hilary added: “We will deliver a special gift to Jean-Claude Juncker on his 60th birthday: A giant birthday card signed by one million Europeans. Politicians are always calling for citizens to get actively involved in European politics, and here are more than a million people who have done just that. On his 60th birthday, Juncker should blow out the candles on these massively unpopular and undemocratic trade deals that are opposed by people across Europe. One million signatures is just the beginning. We will continue our protest until TTIP and CETA are history.”


We cordially invite you to a photo stunt on Jean-Claude Juncker's 60th birthday on 9 December 2014, 11am. Location: in front of “Le Barlaymont”, Rue de la Loi 200, 1000 Bruxelles (Brussels). Activists will prepare a birthday surprise party for President Juncker and symbolically present him one million + X signatures against TTIP and CETA. There will also be time for interviews.

More information about the Stop TTIP campaign:

Reaction to the European Commission's refusal of the proposed European Citizens' Initiative:

Free photos from Stop TTIP protests can be found here:


Press Team Stop TTIP,, Tel.: +49 30 420 823 79 (Germany), Mobil: +49 178 816 3017 (Germany). Please get in touch for questions about the campaign and to be put in contact with interviewees in various EU Member States.

Susan George, President of the Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam (TNI) and Honorary President of ATTAC-France, Tel: +33 1 4548 4801 (France)

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, Tel: +44 7983 550727 (United Kingdom)

European Commission taken to court for ‘stifling dissent' over EU-US trade deal

10 November 2014 - 3:58pm

Protest against TTIP and CETA in BerlinOn Monday morning the Stop TTIP coalition, consisting of over 300 civil society groups from across Europe, are filing a lawsuit against the European Commission at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The lawsuit relates to a decision that was made by the Commission to block a ‘European Citizen's Initiative' (ECI) on the controversial EU-USA trade deal known as TTIP and a similar deal with Canada (CETA).

Fury over trade deals rises

9 October 2014 - 4:18pm

Many people will take to the streets around Britain on Saturday as the public speak out against the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in towns and cities across Europe.

The charity War on Want warns that TTIP would cost at least one million jobs between the EU and US and prevent any future UK government repealing the Health and Social Care Act and bringing the NHS back into public hands.

Campaigners from the charity will join a London demonstration, while many other anti-TTIP activists stage protests elsewhere in Britain, ranging far and wide, from Edinburgh north of the border to Brighton on England's south coast.

Tens of thousands of people, with hundreds of organisations in 21 European countries, will oppose the deal.

London Fashion Week: ‘Don't mention the garment workers'

12 September 2014 - 9:15am

Protesters today are taking action to mark the opening of London Fashion week with the message “Don't mention the garment workers”



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