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Negotiations on TTIP should not be rushed Commissioner Hogan

19 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has dismissed Commissioner Hogan’s comments that the US needs to “get on with it” and reach an agreement on the less contentious issues of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Ms. Boylan said:

“This trade deal is the most significant deal to be negotiated between the US and Europe and any attempt to rush through negotiations could prove disastrous and seriously harm European citizen interests.

However Commissioner Hogan’s comments are hardly surprising when you consider they are coming from a former Minister who guillotined through legislation to establish the monstrosity that is Irish Water.

What are the less controversial aspects of TTIP in the eyes of the EU Commission? Is it the dispute mechanism which will give investors the ability to sue sovereign states? A mechanism that even the Irish government is appearing to walk back its previous unequivocal support of.

Is it the potential displacement of up to one million jobs within the EU? This is a distinct possibility according to the EU Commission that stated TTIP is likely to bring, “prolonged and substantial dislocation of EU workers.”

There is already a lack of transparency surrounding the ongoing negotiations. Any attempt to rush through any aspect of this deal should be opposed and Commissioner Hogan should reconsider his comments on the matter.”

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