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. These acronyms stand for:

 

TTIP free

 

● The Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership with the USA, also called TTIP;
● The Canada-Europe Trade Agreement with Canada, also called CETA;
● And the Trade in Services Agreement which is negotiated between 23 countries, also called TiSA.
These treaties are paving the way for far-reaching liberalisation. They will jeopardise democratic principles by substantially reducing political space and restricting the scope for public choices via the implementation of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) or investment court system (ICS, also called “Zombie ISDS”) and by Regulatory Cooperation processes.Today, dozens of millions of European citizens are already living in a TTIP-free zone. But many other are not. That’s why, turning the whole Europe into a TTIP-free zone from the bottom is a now an objective for hundreds of associations, NGOs, trade unions, farmer unions, SMEs umbrella organisations. The website https://www.ttip-free-zones.eu aims to be a tool for citizens, activists and local representatives across Europe who want to mobilise locally to defeat TTIP, CETA and TiSA.Let’s make Europe a TTIP-free zone!
Click here to find out more: https://www.ttip-free-zones.eu

 

Also on TTIP, today: Greenpeace Netherlands got its hands on 248 pages of leaked EU and U.S. negotiating positions during the last round of TTIP talks, which concluded Friday. It will release the results today at 11 a.m. A Greenpeace statement said updates on “pesticides, food and agriculture” issues are contained in the documents. The statement also raised concerns about the alleged absence of the “General Exceptions” rule, which is enshrined in the GATT agreement of the World Trade Organization and allows trade restrictions “to protect human, animal and plant life or health.” Director of Greenpeace EU Jorgo Riss said in a statement: “We have known that the EU position was bad, now we see the U.S. position is even worse. A compromise between the two would be unacceptable.”

 

Click here for the statement.
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