TTIP and CETA Trade Agreements: Where We’re at

The EU has been debating with the US and Canada on two major trade agreements: TTIP and CETA respectively. Both agreements have been loudly contested by Slow Food and civil society at large, as they grant special rights to corporations whilst threatening democracy, the environment and social standards. So, how far are we now in the negotiations?

TTIP, an undemocratic debate

While lifting customs duties and tariffs may make sense for manufacturing and services, when it comes to food we need to tread very carefully, because we’re dealing with different quality standards, protection of local products, food safety criteria and production methods.

TTIP free zones Europe

Over 1,500 local authorities in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Germany took motions declaring themselves as TTIP/ CETA/ TiSA-free zones.

European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA rejected by the EU Commission

In response to the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), more than 200 European organizations, including Slow Food, launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): a tool to request that the European Commission deal with a subject and introduce a legislative proposal.