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TTIP: covert attacks on democracy and regulation

A beginners guide to "regulatory cooperation"

The EU Commissions' proposals on "regulatory cooperation" poses a threat to regulation that protect our health, the environment and our welfare - and they are a threat to democracy. Read the beginners guide from Corporate Europe Observatory, LobbyControl and Friends of the Earth Europe.

There are good reasons to fear that the outcome of the negotiations between the US and the European Union on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) will result in a weakening of democracy and standards to protect us. Controls protecting against everything from toxic chemicals, unhealthy food, downward pressure on wages, to wild speculation by banks – to name just a few – could be under threat from this treaty. TTIP could also transform the shape and function of our existing political institutions, particularly their role in ensuring accountability towards citizens for the decisions taken. Of particular concern is the proposal in TTIP for “regulatory cooperation”.

But what is "regulatory cooperation"? What proposals are the negotiators considering? And why is there reason for concern?

Read the beginners guide from Corporate Europe Observatory, LobbyControl and Friends of the Earth Europe.

 

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Submitted by Renate Thome (not verified) on

We must fight this appalling idea. It is so unbelievable that our government could want this to go ahead, it beggars belief. This in itself is dangerous as most sane poeple simply won't believe it.
More reasonable evidence needs to reach those poeple living in ignorance of this.

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A deregulation agenda is sweeping through the Commission & member states, particularly pushed by the UK.

The recent leak of many parts of TTIP, allowing us for the first time to read the negotiating position of the US, confirms our most serious concerns.

Dangerous attacks against regulations protecting public interest wouldn't be prevented by 'new' proposals.

Despite growing concerns among the European public, the new EU proposal on regulatory cooperation in TTIP does nothing to address the upcoming democratic threats.

A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae). 

When we interviewed City Councillor and chair of Rio’s Special Committee on the Water Crisis Renato Cinco, in December 2015, he was already warning against such privatisation threats and provided important background information on the water situation in Rio.

José Manuel Barroso's move to Goldman Sachs has catapulted the EU’s revolving door problem onto the political agenda. It is symbolic of the excessive corporate influence at the highest levels of the EU.

Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth and LobbyControl today wrote to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, calling on him to investigate Angelika Nieber MEP over a possible conflict of interest.

CEO presents some first reflections on the UK's vote for Brexit.

 
 
 
 
 
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