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Environmental risks of TTIP exposed- Lynn Boylan MEP

16 March, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on a House of Commons report on the environmental risks of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The Sinn Féin representative said:

“This report by the Environmental Audit Committee has highlighted a number of concerns also raised by myself on previous occasions.

Namely that there is a severe lack of detailed information and transparency on the proposed EU/US Regulatory Co-operation Council.  In fact transparency surrounding the ongoing negotiations in general is lacking.

The report also states that there has been no compelling argument made to date in favour of including the controversial investor state dispute settlements (ISDS) mechanism. A measure that has the potential to significantly impact upon Ireland’s sovereignty.

Given that Phillip Morris Tobacco Company is suing the Australian government under such a mechanism over a similar proposal to James Reilly's on plain cigarette packaging, the Irish government's support for these dispute mechanisms is even more bizarre. 

Furthermore the report recommends that the EU’s stronger focus on using the precautionary principle when setting regulations, should not be weakened, under attempts to align regulatory standards. 

Abandoning the precautionary principle would inevitably lead to a lowering of high EU regulatory standards, which would be detrimental not only to the environment but to consumer health. 

I would call on the Irish government to rethink its unequivocal support for trade any cost. We need to ensure that European citizen interests are at the core of ongoing negotiations.”

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