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- 1452 days ago -
I was just glad that not everyone sold their brain and I wanted to share it with all of you. If you don't want TTIP you're certainly not alone


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Kathleen M (208)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 7:11 am
Shared and noted. Thanks, Sen!

Animae C (508)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 8:05 am
T.Y. Sen

Janet B (0)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 1:03 pm

Birgit W (160)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 1:19 pm
Thank you.

Roger G (148)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 1:52 pm
noted, thanks

Wolfgang W (228)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 4:51 pm
click this:

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 7:28 pm
Good to know. Thank you

Julie W (33)
Friday May 29, 2015, 3:20 am
This is very frustrating for me in Australia I have brought up the topic of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) several times - I've lost count of how many people have never heard of it. It is kept well out of the media.

Hard to fight something that is kept so secret. I do know the Greens are working against it, but again, it's never reported.


Past Member (0)
Saturday May 30, 2015, 12:46 am
Julie is right. Important deals like these, are almost never in the big "public" media...
And I don't wonder why :)

Anna Betteridge (0)
Monday June 8, 2015, 3:55 pm
As requested by the petition I sent the message to my MP. The response I got was worrying. There was a lot of business business business and a bit about savings for the consumer. What I didn't see was any comment regarding the environment or Fair Trade. I'm sure I'm probably naive regarding the entirety of the issues involved however I can't help but feel unsettled. Here is the response I got:

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for writing to me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

I have been in touch with the Conservative spokesperson on these matters, Emma McClarkin MEP.

She has sent me the following response:

"The most recent vote to have taken place in the International Trade Committee in the European Parliament on TTIP was on our 'Recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the TTIP'.

The purpose of the resolution proposed by the Chairman of the committee was to engage in a political stocktaking exercise, reflecting on the negotiations so far and what the Parliament is looking for going forward from a final agreement.

For the ECR Group, this was an opportunity to make clear to the European Commission, who negotiate on behalf of the European Member States and Parliament, what we want from a deal and not just to concentrate on what we don't want. Our Group engaged in discussions with the other political Groups in the House, listening to what they wanted and the concerns they had. In the end, the Conservative MEPs led by Emma McClarkin MEP are broadly happy with the outcome of the vote.

In particular, Conservative MEPs welcome references to public procurement, specifically calls for commitments from the US side to open their market at both the federal and sub-federal levels. Realising this goal could have huge benefits for UK businesses looking to enter the US market.

Calls for a specific chapter for small firms (SMEs), and in particular some of the tools being proposed within this, such as an online information platform for SMEs looking to access markets on the other side of the Atlantic, is just what small business leaders are looking for. Too often SMEs simply can't begin to know how to export to the US; we should offer them the information they need to get started and to support them throughout the process.

Aligned to this are calls for reductions in tariffs and the removal of non-tariff barriers. Many of the tariffs that European and American businesses face are relatively low in comparison to other markets. What could really make the difference is cutting the red tape that SMEs face, for example lengthy and expensive testing requirements which often produce almost identical high standards but which are fundamentally different in process , leading to duplication of costs and time which small businesses simply cannot afford. However, it is important that while negotiating on this it is made clear that Europe's high standards cannot be compromised and this is another element contained within the final report.

Cost savings for businesses can also be translated into savings for consumers and this is really where the work we are doing in this House can be seen through tangible benefits for citizens. Estimates show that based on the removal of customs duties alone, consumers could save up to 17% on shoes, 12% on jeans and 30% on sweets. This doesn't take into account other potential savings brought about by the removal of non-tariff barriers and economies of scale. Add to this a greater choice of product and you begin to see what we can achieve through TTIP.

I am pleased that the report welcomed the joint statement made by negotiators on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in March of this year, regarding the protection of public services like the NHS. This is an important point which cuts across the political spectrum. By excluding these services from the scope of the agreement, we can ensure that the UK Government and the other Member States retain their 'policy space' with regards to these services and continue to legislate as they see fit when it comes to their provision. The ability to repeal measures that have been taken is also important and I was pleased that this was voted through.

Increasing investment opportunities and making Europe an even more attractive destination for inward investment is another welcome addition to the report. Coupled with this is the thorny issue of investment protection. I do not believe that any of the Members who voted in the committee believe that ISDS as it currently stands is a flawless mechanism. I wholeheartedly agree with the European Commission that changes must be made, such as the creation of an appeals procedure, greater transparency in proceedings, codes of conduct for arbitrators and a clamping down on parallel cases in domestic and ISDS courts.

The European Commission has set out their goals for the reform of ISDS through their recent concept paper presented on 6th May and I believe we should wait to see how they can reform the mechanism before we set out a position on it. Many concerns of EU citizens have already been addressed in the trade agreement awaiting signature on Canada (The Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement) and the proposals for TTIP go even further. In summary it would be premature to rule out ISDS in TTIP before we know what it will look like.

We now await the plenary vote in Strasbourg, where I hope the resolution as adopted in the INTA committee can be given the green light without any major changes. "

Thank you again for contacting me, I hope you find Emma's explanation useful.


Syed Kamall
MEP for London

Syed Kamall MEP (London)
Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament

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