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Treaty Negotiators becoming increasingly desperate as opposition to TTIP grows – Carthy

22 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that US and EU negotiators have come under increasing pressure as opposition to the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(TTIP) grows across the EU and the US.

Carthy’s comments coincide with a demonstration on TTIP outside the European Parliament Offices on Moelsworth Street this afternoon.

Carthy said:

“Negotiators have given themselves a deadline to conclude these negotiations in 2015 and trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmström is under increasing pressure to deliver the deal, engaging in a recent visit to Ireland in an attempt to drum up support for the negotiations.

“On the 14th and 16th of April, six of the 14 European Parliament Committees involved in this trade negotiation drafted opinions rejecting the ISDS mechanism currently contained in the deal.

“MEPs have submitted 898 amendments to the International Trade Committee’s report on TTIP, while the French and Dutch Parliaments have each adopted a resolution against the inclusion of ISDS in the deal.

“Similarly, in the US there is growing opposition to the trade deal among both civil society and Parliamentarians, so much so that a Bill has been proposed to allow for trade agreements currently under negotiation to be signed and entered into without the approval of Congress.

“The growing opposition to TTIP shows clearly that the deal, as it currently stands, is not in the best interests of the citizens of Europe and negotiators can no longer afford to ignore the democratic wishes of the people.

"It is time for the European Commission to recognise the legitimate concerns of the people in relation to this proposed agreement and change its approach to these negotiations. Similarly, the Irish Government must make it clear that it will not sign up to any agreement not in the best interests of the Irish people."

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