The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated. Also known as the US-EU Free Trade Agreement and TAFTA, it is currently being negotiated in secret.
Athough opposition to the way TTIP is being negotiated is voiced by MEPs ranging the entire EU political spectrum, from French conservative Marine Le Pen to UK Green MEP Jean Lambert, more MEPs seem to be either fence sitting or pro TTIP.
The leader of the Front National, France’s third largest political party says “I’m a lawyer. It’s easier to visit a prisoner in prison than to consult the TTIP,” Le Pen said. “We have got a right to consult the TTIP, but we can’t even take in a pen and we are allowed to drown in an ocean of documents as if people are afraid that we might notice what really is at stake.”
Jean Lambert & Keith Taylor - The first thing to consider is the way in which this potentially life-changing deal is being negotiated. So far the negotiations have beenalmost entirely carried out in secret and some parts of the deal won’t be revealed to any of us until after a final decision has been made. The European Commission is so paranoid about the public finding out what they’re negotiating that they are electronically marking every document with invisible tags, so anyone who leaks the documents can be traced.
What have they got to hide?
Thanks to leaked documents and the determined fightback by NGOs, activist movements and a variety of trade unions and federations the completion of TTIP keeps being stalled. The inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) was discovered in one of these leaks. Nevertheless the battle against it is up against enormously powerful entities and so everyone needs to do their bit.
WHAT IS TTIP?
Approval of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) by the European Parliament is as far from certain as we allow it to be. Click on above link to participate in the collective voice against it.
WHAT IS CETA?
The ISDS is a provision, set to be in TTIP, that will allow corporations to sue national governments if the governments pass laws or policies that would detrimentally affect the corporations’ future making profits.
The fear of being sued for billions of dollars will effectively dis-empower our governments rendering them impotent to protect our rights, food and safety standards and our environment, in the outside chance that they actually wanted to!
There are dozens of free trade agreements that have the ISDS clause in them. The Energy Charter Treaty that Russia is signatory to, is no different.
In an historic arbitral award rendered on July 18, 2014, an Arbitral Tribunal sitting in The Hague under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) held unanimously that the Russian Federation breached its international obligations under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by destroying Yukos Oil Company and appropriating its assets. The Tribunal ordered the Russian Federation to pay damages in excess of USD 50 billion to our clients who were the majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company.
WHAT IS ISDS?
It may be fair to suggest that all the campaigns throughout modern history that have failed, have done so due to a lack of active participants. Believe that this world can be a better place and actively participate in the change you want to see…pleeeeeeeeze.
Our main stream media particularly and perhaps most disappointingly, the BBC does not keep us informed.
Occupiers paid a little visit to the pro TTIP talk at the London School of Economics on Monday October 13th.
Question and Answer Time
The Event was advertised as such:Read more →
Date: Monday 13 October 2014
Over 400 actions in 22 different countries took place on 11th October: The Europe Wide Day of Action Against TTIP. Over 1000 protest in London, Parliament Square.
By Inka StafraceRead more →
Information about the planned actions was illustrated wonderfully on the[...]
TTIP: The ‘harmonisation’ of regulation for the benefit of corporationsRead more →
Negotiated in secret and widely opposed by civil society and community groups, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) calls for the ‘harmonisation’ of regulations between the United States and[...]
Naomi Klein supported both actions on October 11th: The Global Frackdown Day and the European Day of Action Against TTIP, at her fantastic, life affirming (for activists at any rate!) talk last night.Read more →
Naomi plugged these actions at the very[...]
TTIP LEAKED DOCUMENTS
Original Post in the Corporate Europe Observatory
December 16th 2013
A leaked EU negotiating proposal  for the far-reaching free trade agreement with the US reveals the European Commission’s plans to fundamentally change the way regulations to protect consumers, labour and the environment will be adopted in the future. The proposal follows a persistent campaign by business lobby groups on both sides of the Atlantic to use the[...]Read more →