A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership: the social & environmental consequences of the proposed EU-US trade deal
October 4th 2013International trade
As the second round of negotiations on the EU-US trade agreement kick off in Brussels next week, a new report published by members of the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), including CEO, reveals the true human and environmental costs of the proposed deal. The report shows that the promises of job creation and growth are illusions; and that the real impetus behind a deal comes from major EU and US corporations that have joined forces to remove as many labour, health and environmental standards as possible in a devastating race to the bottom.
Updated: A transatlantic corporate bill of rights - investor privileges in EU-US trade deal threaten public interest
The EU negotiating mandate for a far-reaching free trade agreement with the US reveals the European Commission’s plans to enshrine more powers for corporations in the deal. The proposal follows a persistent campaign by industry lobby groups and law firms to empower large companies to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect their profits.
On 7 October, the second round of negotiations for a far-reaching transatlantic trade deal will begin in Brussels. Amidst calls for greater openness and public participation, the European Commission has gone into propaganda mode, promoting myths about the transparency and accountability of the talks. See through its feel-good rhetoric with Corporate Europe Observatory’s myth-busting guide to secrecy, corporate influence and lack of accountability in the transatlantic trade negotiations.
La Comisión Europea prepara el acuerdo comercial con EE.UU celebrando 119 reuniones con grupos de presión corporativos
En respuesta a una solicitud de acceso a documentos presentada por el Corporate Europe Observatory (Observatorio de la Europa corporativa – CEO, por sus siglas en inglés), la Comisión Europea ha hecho pública una lista de 130 “reuniones con partes interesadas” en relación el las conversaciones para un acuerdo de libre comercio entre la UE y EEUU. Al menos 119 de estas reuniones fueron con grandes empresas y sus grupos de presión. Esto significa que más del 93% de las reuniones de la Comisión con las partes interesadas en el marco de los preparativos de las negociaciones fueron con las grandes empresas.
In response to an access to documents request from CEO, the European Commission has released a list of 130 ‘meetings with stakeholders’ on the EU-US free trade talks. It shows that more than 93% of the Commission’s meetings with stakeholders during the preparations of the negotiations were with big business.
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