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."
Contact: GMB Bert Schouwenburg 07974 251 764 or Kathleen Walker Shaw 07841 181 549 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Or ECI Michael Efler, + 49 173 96 10 454 or Susan George, + 33 1 4548 4801
Or email@example.com, Tel: +49 30 420 823 79, mobile: +49 178 816 3017 on 23 December 2015.