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Postponement of key TTIP vote shows Pressure works - Carthy

9 June, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

The president of the European Parliament this evening announced that a key vote on a report and amendments on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will now not take place tomorrow as planned.

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has responded by saying that this is a minor victory for those who have genuine concerns about the proposed deal. He also said that it provided an excellent opportunity for those Irish MEPs who have been blindly supporting TTIP to revaluate their position.

Carthy said: 

“The decision to postpone this week's TTIP votes clearly shows that pressure works. 

“I welcome the efforts of campaigners concerned with the rights of Farmers, workers and small businesses who have put the spotlight on MEP's and forced them into this postponement.

"The report on TTIP, as currently presented by the Trade committee is wholly insufficient to address the concerns of citizens across the EU. From an Irish point of view it does not include the necessary provisions to protect our Agriculture sector or other vulnerable sections of our economy.

“It includes acceptance of an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which allows private corporations and investors to sue the Governments of member states for potential loss of revenue.

“Unfortunately the Irish Government and some Irish MEPs have simply bought into the notion that TTIP will be good because the European Commission has told them so. So far they have failed to address the very real concerns of many Irish people. 

“I am now calling on Irish MEPs to re-evaluate their position and to stand with Sinn Féin in defending our Farming community, the rights of workers and the environmental standards we currently value so much by supporting the progressive amendments that have been submitted when the report comes back to plenary.”

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