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EU Parliament becoming “an expensive rubber stamp” – Carthy contributes to TTIP debate

7 July, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has told fellow deputies that the European Parliament risks becoming ‘an expensive rubber stamp for the European commission’ if it fails to listen to the concerns of millions of people who have campaigned on TTIP.

Carthy, who was speaking in a plenary debate on TTIP in Strasbourg this morning said:

“This weeks European Parliament debate and vote on TTIP presented a significant opportunity for MEPs. Millions of people across Europe have mobilised and ask parliament to defend democracy, the environment, workers rights, public services and our farming communities by rejecting the commission’s current approach to TTIP.

“It appears that parliament is going to miss the opportunity. The actions of President Martin Schulz who previously cancelled a debate on TTIP and the attitude of parties such as Fine Gael have positioned the European Parliament – not as the democratic voice of the people of Europe – but rather as an expensive rubber stamp of the commission’s agenda.

“Make no mistake about it, opposition to a TTIP deal that would undermine the fabric of communities will intensify in the time ahead. MEP’s have to decide if they are on the side of the people of Europe or vested corporate interests”.

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