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TTIP,CETA,TAFTA,TPP are all Trade Agreements that promote corporatism, and could limit Democracy.





The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and US which its proponents say would remove tariffs on goods and services worth billions of dollars, and offer a massive boost to jobs and growth. But environmentalists, unions and health campaigners are concerned that its investor-state provisions could lead to a spate of lawsuits challenging EU legislation from corporations claiming breaches of their legitimate expectations of profit. TTIP puts the Corporation before people, and this is totally undemocratic.Free trade, less regulation and trade administration between nations is not a bad thing, but this trade agreement is being carried out behind closed doors without the publics input as mainstream media stay silent.Agreements such as TTIP could see Coporations bring legal actions against nation states if they see environmental laws getting in the way of profit for example.(.........a Calgary-based mining company announced it will sue the Country of Costa Rica, infuriating residents who say their sovereignty is being taken away. Infinito Gold says it will take the Country of Costa Rica to international arbitration. The company believes the country is violating its trade agreements with arbitration expert Gus Van Harten says Infinito Gold may have a case. international trade agreements signed between countries, international arbitrators have the power to override court and government decisions of sovereign countries.

The Slovak government has already been sued under a legal system similar to that proposed under TTIP for reversing health privatisation policies.........)


The threat of the American free-trade eagle crossing the Atlantic to ravage Europe’s ill-protected lambs has taken over public debate after the EU election campaign. It’s arresting, but politically dangerous. It ignores the risk that local authorities in the US may soon face under new neoliberal regulations, which will prevent them protecting employment, the environment and health rights. But it also shifts attention away from European companies — such as Veolia in France or Germany’s Siemens — which are just as eager as US multinationals to take legal action against states that dare to threaten their profits And it overlooks the role of European institutions and governments in the creation of a free trade zone on their own territory.


Opposition to TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) should not target an individual state, not even the US. What is at stake is wider and more ambitious: it concerns new privileges demanded by investors everywhere, perhaps as compensation for the economic crisis they caused. If conducted properly, a worldwide battle could consolidate the international forces of democratic solidarity, currently less well organised than those of capital.



European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA

Organisations from all across Europe are currently gearing up for a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the aim of repealing the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade Investor Partnership (TTIP) and not concluding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The registration of the ECI is planned for July.The collection of signatures is due to start in September 2014. As of now, more than 100 organisations from 17 EU member states have expressed support for the European Citizens’ Initaitive (ECI) while the EU-wide alliance is constantly growing – Attac groups from a number of EU countries, the European Environmental Bureau, Food and Water Europe and the German branch of Transparency International have already joined the coalition. Campact, Attac, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), the Munich Environment Institute, the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Unit (NABU) and More Democracy Germany (Mehr Demokratie e.V.) coordinate the preparations.










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