You might be aware that the Transatlantique Trade and Investment Partnership is about to be signed. This treaty is currently in negotiation in total secrecy between The USA and the EU. This process is anti-democratic. What are the consequences for us, the changes in our daily lives it will create? Here are 5 of the top reasons why we should get together against TTIP:
- Public Services
One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies. The European Commission has claimed that public services will be kept out of TTIP. However, according to the Huffington Post, the UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston has admitted that talks about the NHS (UK Health Services) were still on the table.
- Food and Environmental Safety
TTIP agenda will bring EU Food and Environment safety to the USA standards which are a lot lower than EU standards. For instance, 70% of the processed food sold in US supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients. The use of pesticides are much less restricted in the US. Growth hormones are used in beef meat, which is forbidden in the EU because of the proven link to cancer. The same goes for the environment: EU companies have to prove a substance is safe before using it. In the US, it is exactly the opposite process, meaning that any substance can be used until proven unsafe.
- Banking Regulations
Although US banking regulation are stricter than EU regulations since the financial crisis, TTIP will lower those restrictions by handing all the power back to the bankers. This could lead to another financial crisis, probably much bigger than the one we have faced in 2007.
The EU has admitted that TTIP will probably cause employment, which will be switch to the USA due to the lower standards and union rights. It has been advised to the EU members to create funds to compensate for the expected unemployment.
TTIP’s biggest threat to society is its assault on democracy. One of the main aims of TTIP is the introduction of Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), which allow companies to sue governments if those governments’ policies cause a loss of profits. In effect it means unelected transnational corporations can dictate the policies of democratically elected governments.
General public awareness is low, and very little public debate has been going on about TTIP, opinions do not show a consistent direction along ideological lines because most political parties only have impressions and assumptions, not evidence-based, informed opinions. This in itself confirms concerns about the transparency of the process. The media is not very receptive towards the TTIP issue, but some news and articles have at least appeared on it.
The EcoRevolte team would like to open a debate in the Netherlands. We would like to raise awareness, educate people and discuss all together about the possibilities to stop TTIP. As a start, we encourage you to sign the petition. Our freedom is seriously in danger!