Today should be the last day of the 8th round of TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US taking place in Brussels. When those negotiations started, I too was in Brussels on behalf of SmOD, along with around 200 people representing 150 organisations from 25 European countries. We were all there for a 2-day meeting – 1-2 February – in order to discuss the strategies that will strengthen our growing anti-TTIP movement throughout 2015.
One of the high points of day 1 was the summary of the different strategies, activities, successes and development of the national coalitions in each European country. In a plenary session, we also talked about the main strategic focuses of 2015, namely: 1) Continue to collect signatures; 2) The Global Action Day on 18 February; 3) Lobbying of MPs; and 4) Spread information and influence public opinion at local level.
On day 2, we were divided in 7 workshops in order to concentrate efforts and go deeper into certain topics. I was part of the ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative) workshop from which I received great ideas to help launch the Swedish coalition.
As a tiny organisation, SmOD has long been alone in Sweden to represent the European coalition and I was thereby incapable of describing the Swedish advancements since those were virtually non existing. Nevertheless, a few important actors have joined the struggle in recent weeks: Jordens Vänner and Skiftet. Thanks to those 2 organisations, and hopefully many others soon, SmOD is convinced that we will be able to create awareness throughout Sweden and eventually start a national resistance.
And to prove you that I really was in Brussels, here are a few snaps from the European Institutions.