How is big business using the EU's trade and investment agreements to sideline people, planet and democracy?
New report exposes systemic collusion between big business and EU trade negotiators in pushing an aggressive market opening agenda in the public sector through CETA and TTIP, which could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water, health, and energy.
Redactions speak louder than words.
Publicly, business lobby groups are heavily pushing the idea that TTIP will benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). But behind closed doors they admit the reality: that small companies will “face increased competition” and that “benefits remain hypothetical”.
Law firms and their stake in TTIP
The prospective EU-US trade deal could be the world's biggest such treaty. The revolving door between public and private sectors is helping to grease the wheels of the TTIP corporate lobby.
Which businesses are pushing most for the proposed EU-US trade deal TTIP? Who’s influencing EU negotiators? Corporate Europe Observatory’s new info-graphics reveal the corporate lobby behind the TTIP talks.
An often asked question is whether TTIP will weaken Europe's rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Meanwhile, the biotech industry is pushing for the products of the 'next generation' biotech crops to escape the EU's legislation on GMOs and therefore to go unregulated. Is there a link between this new push, and TTIP? Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request show this might indeed be the case.
CEO undertook a survey to try and establish which law firms and lobby consultancies were willing to be transparent about their lobbying on TTIP.
The European Commission’s shocking leaked proposal for ”better regulation” would create pro-business bureaucratic mechanisms to prevent new laws - from regulating chemicals to preventing climate change - that could hurt the bottom line of corporations. Add TTIP and its 'regulatory co-operation' and US companies get in on the act too, with extra privileges.
Why the Commission’s alleged ISDS ‘reforms’ fail to address the key problems
Compared to other trade talks, EU governments and parliamentarians face far more hurdles to understand and debate TTIP.
A TTIP and farming-themed tour of Brussels' EU district.
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