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Lisbon bad for Developing World – Ó Snodaigh

31 August, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on European Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has described as “naïve” a Generation Yes claim that the Lisbon Treaty is “crucial in the fight against poverty”.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The EUs international trade policy has long been the subject of strong criticism by Development NGOs across the world. The European Commission aggressively pursues free trade and unrestricted access to developing world markets irrespective of the costs to the world’s poorest communities.

“While the EU and many of its member states have a positive record on issues of international development aid these policies are actively undermined by the EU’s trade policy.

“Articles 2(b), 10(a), 188C, 56 and 188C of the Lisbon Treaty will significantly increase the power of the EU Commission to promote free trade over fair trade. They give the EU exclusive competence of trade policy and mandate the Commission to seek the 'progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade'.

“If the Lisbon Treaty comes into force the worst aspects of the EU's international trade agenda will be strengthened, further pushing many of the world poorest countries further into debt and dependency.” ENDS

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