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TTIP: covert attacks on democracy and regulation

A beginners guide to "regulatory cooperation" - now in French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Finnish and Spanish.

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 - now out in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Finnish, and Spanish.

The guide explains how TTIP could 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”.

Regulatory cooperation could 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.

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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Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement.

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The great CETA swindle

The EU-Canada trade deal CETA continues to draw heavy criticism. Behind the PR attempts to sell it as a progressive agreement - including recent declarations designed to reassure critics and gain support for its ratification - CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment. It would be a major mistake to ratify it.

There are many potential winners of the awards for the worst lobbyist on TTIP, probably the most corporate dominated trade negotiations in history.

Business lobby groups are pushing hard for investor-state dispute settlement in TTIP and similar trade deals. If successful, this would expand the ability of corporations to sue governments in response to policies that allegedly limit their profits. Especially laws to protect human health and the environment would be on the line.

In the last years, controversies around the financialisation of nature and the concept of natural capital have fuelled divisions within civil society.

Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement.

8 November 2016 saw the annual lobby fest between the Commission and BusinessEurope. Lasting for over seven hours, attracting four commissioners and the secretary-general, as well as 26 major corporate interests (who between them spend over €31,789,000 a year on EU lobbying), this is exclusive, privileged access at its most extreme.

New analysis of lobby meetings shows that EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and his colleague Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, have overwhelmingly met corporate lobbyists, rather than public interest groups.

The corporate lobby tour