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Leaked document shows TTIP is an affront to democracy – Lynn Boylan MEP

20 April, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that a new leak from the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations shows the anti-democratic nature of the planned trade deal, and will lead to a rise in red tape in Ireland.

 Ms Boylan said:

 “As TTIP negotiations entered their ninth round in Washington today, a European Commission proposal has been leaked that shows that new legislation from Member States including Ireland will need to vetted before it is enacted. This is appalling.

“If the Commission proposal is adopted, the vetting process will take place by a new joint US-EU regulatory body that will assess any planned or proposed legislation or regulations for their potential impact on private investment interests. This new leak shows the TTIP is skewed in favour of private business. There are no similar protections for legislation in the public interest.

“The proposed system of ‘regulatory coherence’ outlined in the leaked document suggests that parliaments will no longer have ultimate power over public policy. This is a serious attack on parliamentary democracy throughout the EU and the US. The European Commission leak has caused anger and concern among civil society across Europe today.

“I will be joining local campaigners from the People’s Movement to protest against the TTIP this Wednesday at the European Parliament office in Dublin.

“The Irish government should be standing up for our democratic process and the rights of Irish citizens, and call for a suspension of these secretive and damaging negotiations.”

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