Commenting today on the vote by the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee in favour of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said that the Committee has turned a blind eye to the wishes of the vast majority of the people of Europe and the deal struck in relation to the Investor State Dispute Settlement is nothing but a whitewash.
“The Committee’s acceptance of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which allows for private investors to sue the Governments of member states, is against the wishes of the people of Europe.
“The people have made their position on ISDS very clear – they do not want it included in TTIP. The fact that 97% of the respondents to the largest ever online consultation held by the European Commission were opposed to ISDS and a petition set up to oppose it has received two million signatures in a matter of weeks.
“Similarly the Dutch and French parliaments have passed motions in opposition to ISDS and there is huge opposition against it from trade unions, NGOs and civil society across Europe. Similarly, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions recently came out against the ISDS proposal.
“The Commission can do all the window dressing it likes but the simple fact of the matter is that they have done nothing but tinker at the edges with ISDS and the proposal before the Committee today was nothing short of a whitewash.
“It’s even more disappointing to find out that this was only carried as a result of a deal struck last night between the two majority parties on the INTA Committee.
“The Trade Committee had a golden opportunity to present the concerns of the people of Europe but instead it has chosen to turn its back on those it is supposed to represent.
“The European Parliament and particularly Irish MEPs need to get their act together and increase pressure to ensure we deliver a clear message when it comes before the June Plenary.
"I am calling on the members of the European Parliament to inform themselves of the concerns of the people across Europe in relation to TTIP and take real action to address them or risk distancing themselves from those who put them into office."