Here is the letter to Members of European Parliament signed by 375 civil society organisations from 25 European countries encouraging them to take into consideration the large and growing European resistance to TTIP and to reject TTIP and any other trade or investment agreement that is anti-democratic, pushes for deregulation, increased investment guarantees, and reinforced intellectual property rights’ monopolies, and includes ISDS.
Read the Letter to MEP
The letter starts with “For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights” and raises among other aspects the following points:
1. Transparency now: all documents relating to the TTIP negotiations, including draft consolidated texts, must be made public to allow for an open and critical public debate on the TTIP.
2. A democratic process to allow for the scrutiny and assessment of the negotiation texts and which would ensure that policies are in the public interest; involves the EU Parliament and debates in national parliaments; and which includes civil society organisations, trade unions and stakeholder groups.
3. No ISDS: any provision containing Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms must be taken permanently out of the negotiations and no other mechanism introduced (including indirectly via other pre-existing or subsequent trade agreements) which grants privileged rights to foreign investors.
4. No regulatory cooperation council: all regulation must be fully in the hands of democratically controlled bodies and processes.
5. No deregulation of standards which safeguard and serve the public interest: EU standards need to be respected and not “harmonised” down to the lowest common denominator. These include social and labour standards, consumer and public health protection, care for the environment including regeneration of our natural resources, animal welfare, food safety standards and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices, access to information and labelling, culture and medicine, financial market regulation as well as data protection, net neutrality and other digital rights. Mutual recognition is not acceptable in as far as it undermines democratically-agreed standards and strong safeguards. The precautionary principle must be widely applied.
6. No further deregulation and privatisation of public services. We demand guaranteed access to high quality education, healthcare and other public services and the right to choose government procurement that promotes local jobs and local economies, local content, social entrepreneurship, sustainable economics, social considerations and serves the public interest.
7. The promotion of humane and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices and protection of small family farming.
8. Public authorities must keep the political power and structures necessary to protect certain sensitive sectors and safeguard standards important to our quality of life. Internationally-agreed labour and environmental standards must be respected and enforced. The continuous violation of labour standards should be addressed by imposing monetary fines.
9. No restrictions on international and European human rights standards.
And if you haven’t done it yet, SIGN THE PETITION.