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Bury TTIP Agreement

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

GMB Call On EU Commission To Bury TTIP Agreement

We have consistently opposed this toxic trade deal from the start and the latest revelations show how right we were says GMB.

GMB has called on the EU Commission to bury the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) following reports from environmental group Greenpeace that business interests have been given a “privileged” voice in the negotiations.

Yesterday (2nd May 2016), Greenpeace leaked over 200 pages of classified documents from TTIP trade talks. Negotiations for the agreement have so far been carried out in almost complete secrecy.

GMB has long held concerns that the TTIP agreement, which threatens to remove vital labour and environmental regulations from the EU, would lead to the privatisation of key public services like education, transport and the NHS. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about TTIP).

Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said "We have consistently opposed this toxic trade deal from the start and the latest revelations show how right we were.

There is no point in asking for "carve outs" or adjustments to exclude public services because they are unworkable. For the public to have any faith in the EU, TTIP must be completely abandoned and buried in the landfill of history with CETA, TISA and all the other poisonous agreements."

Contact: Bert Schouwenburg on 07974 251764 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GMB Call On EU Commission And EU Council To Heed 3 Million Petition Against TTIP Handed In To Brussels On 6th October

3 million European citizens have delivered a resounding vote of no confidence in an EU that puts profit before people and corporate welfare before member states' needs.

GMB welcomed the handing over earlier today (6th October) of over 3 million signatures  to a Stop TTIP petition by the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to the European Commission at their Brussels headquarters.

Stop TTIP collected more signatures than any other European Citizens’ Initiative so far –  ECI demand that the European Commission pays heed to the protest against CETA and TTIP.

The self-organised Stop TTIP ECI calls on the institutions of the European Union and its member states to stop negotiations with the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.

The initiative started on a self-organised basis exactly one year ago (October 7, 2014) after the European Commission declared an official ECI as inadmissible. According to the EU Commission's view an ECI may not be negatively formulated and it may not be directed at ongoing contractual negotiations. Stop TTIP is currently challenging the Commission's decision in the European Court of Justice.

“ECI want the TTIP negotiations to be stopped and CETA must not be ratified,” says Michael Efler, a member of the Stop TTIP citizens' committee.

“In one year alone we united three times as many people than needed for an ECI to be successful according to EU rules. We went beyond the necessary seven country quorum to surpass the signature threshold in 23 Member States. More than 500 organisations from across the EU are part of the Stop TTIP ECI,” adds Susan George from the Stop TTIP citizens' committee. “This great success shows how strong opposition to TTIP and CETA has grown throughout Europe. If there is just a grain of truth to the promises for transparency and citizen consultation, the EU institutions must organise a hearing in Parliament and the Commission must take action to stop the treaties.”

Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said "3 million European citizens have delivered a resounding vote of no confidence in an EU that puts profit before people and corporate welfare before member states' needs. The EU Commission and EU Council should heed this petition which shows that in a week that TPP was agreed, the clear message being that Europe does not want Free Trade Agreements of that ilk."

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