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Another Leak proves again that Commission is selling off standards in US trade talks - Carthy

27 October, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has expressed grave concerns after another leaked EU document has revealed that the EU is willing to trade away essential environmental safeguards during the ongoing EU-US trade talks.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week, Mr Carthy said:

"Despite a promise from negotiators in January that EU environmental standards would be safeguarded, it has been revealed that a text filed in the sustainable development chapter of negotiations contains only ambiguously phrased and non-binding commitments to environmental safeguards.

"The document contains 22 Articles, made up of phrases such as 'Parties aim to strengthen the contribution of this Agreement to sustainable development' and 'Parties aim to promote dialogue and cooperation among the Parties on environmental and labour matters.'

"The use of vague and non-committal language like this does nothing to build public confidence in the negotiations or the agreement and leads me to reiterate my argument for these documents to be made public.

"This new leak further illustrates that the European commission is not serious about protecting essential safeguards for citizens and the environment in the context of the TTIP talks.

“The Irish government must begin to address the very real concerns of Irish people, particularly vulnerable sectors within aspects of the agriculture sector.  It is long past time that Fine Gael and Labour began to put the interests of Ireland ahead of corporations." ENDS

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