The Secret Deal that Threatens the Food on Your Plate

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A controversial trade deal between the EU and the US is now being negotiated. The biggest in history, it has the power to affect every part of the food chain.  Untangling the EU-US trade talks : What are the big concerns for food & farming?  What might be the consequences for our food and farming?

The Secret Deal that Threatens the Food on Your Plate

Published on Mar 19, 2014

 

Why is TTIP more than a trade agreement?

What is the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership?

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Published on Jul 2, 2014

The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership is a trade deal between the EU and the US – and is anything but harmless. The deal boosts corporate power and endangers people and the planet.

This video, made by international campaigning organisation Attac, sets out the problems with the deal in a really clear, informative way. More Informations:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/05/… ,
http://www.attac.org/en/node/16244 .

Objections to the Investor State Dispute Settlement can still be registered with the EU Commission – closing date 6th July 2014.  The US will not sign up to TTIP without ISDS so an objection to the Corporate Tribunal is effectively registering your rejection of the EU-US Trade deal.

Information here – Only 3 days left to stop hidden rules within the EU-US trade deal allowing corporates to sue the state

See also – Are we already in the post-democratic era?

 

 

Only 3 days left to stop hidden rules within the EU-US trade deal allowing corporates to sue the state

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This film presents some of the dangers of the investor rights within the proposed EU-US trade deal. We need to stop this corporate attack on our democracy and policies to protect the public interest.   The film has been produced by Sourced TV for Corporate Europe Observatory

Just a brief addition as to the details of ISDS… a fuller explanation is given by Corporate Europe Observatory.

This EU-US trade deal (TTIP) is not really about trade or a deal.  It is creating a new piece of international law, the conditions of which will be enforced by a tribunal of three lawyers from private international law firms.  They will meet in secret, there are no observers, the details of their judgements will not be released and there is no appeal system.  Their judgement is final.  Furthermore, the lawyers will financially benefit, the more actions to sue that are brought by corporations.

In the case of the NHS, every private health provider would be able to sue the UK government for their lost profits if a future democratically-elected government attempted to take the NHS back into public ownership.  In addition, the ISDS is lop-sided.  Corporations can take a government straight to arbitration whereas government has to exhaust every level of their domestic courts to bring an action against a corporation.

So that’s what the EU wants us to sign up to .. a charter for corporate kleptocracy.

The closing date for submitting your objection to the TTIP secret corporate courts is the 6th July… but it’s so easy to do.  (It may take you as long as 3 minutes.)  Simply follow the links below provided by the SumOfUs – a worldwide movement of people, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.

The EU is asking for our views on TTIP secret corporate courts. But they’re making it super hard for citizens to share their views
We built a snazzy digital tool that will help us tell the EU exactly what we think about TTIP secret corporate courts.
Let’s make sure the EU can’t ignore our views and are forced to back down on these secret courts.  Submit a comment

In the next couple of weeks, we’ve got a huge opportunity to stop one of the worst parts of the risky trade deal between Europe and US.
The EU have said they’ll get opinions from anyone in Europe on whether or not the deal should include investor state dispute settlement — rules that will allow corporations to sue our elected governments in secret courts.
The deadline for submissions is really soon, so we’ve not got long to make sure the EU knows what we think about secret corporate courts.
We’ve built a tool that makes it really easy to let the EU know our views. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions. It won’t take more than 3 minutes to complete and this could be our chance to deal a fatal blow to one of the key planks of the dangerous EU-USA trade deal.
Let the EU know what you think about the secret corporate courts proposed in TTIP.
The courts are proposed under something called “Investor-State Arbitration Settlement” or ISDS. This would set up a system of tribunals where corporations could take our governments to court if they didn’t like a particular law that they thought harmed their business.
We’ve seen how this system works already around the world — it’s not good. Ecuador is being sued by Chevron because the country is requiring it to clean up a huge toxic oil spill in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest. Australia is being sued by Phillip Morris because it wants to take action on glamourous cigarette packaging. Even Germany is being sued by Swedish energy giant because it wants to phase out nuclear power.
The EU’s consultation is a great first step – and it shows that pressure to drop the deal from all over the EU is starting to work. Now the EU have said they’ll listen, we need to make sure they hear from everyone of us who doesn’t want the deal to include these worrying new rules.
We know our tool will help more people get their views across to the EU. There’s an opportunity for people to fill in every question if they want, but the form also makes it easy to answer just one or two questions. So if you’ve got a busy job, or you have to share a computer at home, or you’ve got little ones to look after, you’ll still be able to have your say.
Can you take 3 minutes to tell the EU to stop the secret corporate courts in TTIP?
Thanks for all you do,
Martin, Hannah, Jon and the rest of us.

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More Information:
EU Commission Trade Public Consultation on Investor-State Dispute Settlement, European Commission, Jun 2014.
Business v state investment disputes in EU spotlight, BBC News, 12 June 2014.

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Highly recommended for a historical perspective of why we are where we are:

Noam Chomsky:  America’s Real Foreign Policy – A Corporate Protection Racket

First Thoughts on the EU elections

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By Prue Plumridge

The UKIP campaigned on an anti-europe ticket.

My question is:

If they are anti-europe why have they not declared their position on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership currently being negotiated behind closed doors?

They have been surprisingly quiet on the issue.  Now why could this be?  It would have been a powerful weapon in their campaign against the EU.

Let’s remember that Nigel Farage’s great hero is Thatcher.

Her pursuit of the neoliberal ideologies of deregulation, privatisation and trade liberalisation have left behind a destructive legacy which we are now more than ever reaping the consequences of.  Time will prove (I am certain) Farage’s hypocrisy and deception.

We should be clear that the UKIP are libertarians who believe in free market economics and this is the economic model currently being promoted by an unelected, undemocratic cabal of EU commissioners who are negotiating a trade deal with the US that will favour globalisation and the continuing ascendancy and undemocratic power of the big corporations.  

Clearly there is a dissonance between what Ukip supporters believe the party stands for and reality.

Whether they are in denial or their support is a protest against the established parties it matters not.  There will be tears before bed-time if we continue to think of this party as a group of fruitcakes or loonies or purely a focus for protest.  They are cleverly dissimulating their real agenda and the next few months will be interesting as surely they will have to nail their colours to the wall.

It may seem to some that I am expressing anti-EU sentiment.  I hasten to add that I am not.  I believe that our future lies within the EU.  Not the current austerity imposing neoliberal juggernaut which is bringing Europe to its knees but a properly democratic EU which is socially just, acts for the benefit of its citizens and ultimately remembers its history. 

I wrote an article, in May last year, for Think Left. ( https://think-left.org/2013/05/04/on-fascism-and-facts-ukip-the-strategic-adversary/).  A year on I stand by it.  The rise of the right throughout Europe is, whether we like it or not, an articulation of the fear being expressed by its citizens over continuing uncertainty and fear for the future.  Citizens, however have not woken up yet, to the fact that the Right including UKIP are only offering more of the same.

The Left need now to rise to the challenge and show there is another fairer and more socially just way.