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TTIP: Resistance now!

Behind closed doors EU and USA work on a comprehensive treaty to create a transatlantic free trade area. But TTIP is less about trade than about imposing corporate power. Under the guise of free trade, social achievements are degraded and political options are severely limited; Moreover, the democratic rule of law would be undermined.

Corporate power instead of democracy
The population learned about the strictly secret negotiating position of the EU Commission only on leaked documents. The business lobby, however, affect the bulk of the content. Parliaments will face the contract first at the end of the negotiations - then they can only approve or deny.

Corporations attack Standards
The focus of the negotiations are not duties, but principles and statutory provisions that corporations identify as "barriers to trade" (and thereby to their gains). In the process we are not only threatened by the often-quoted chlorine chicken, hormones in meat, genetically modified foods, or fracking. At stake is much more fundamental like the principles of food sovereignty and the precautionary principle; Regulations on environmental, consumer and health protection; Regulations on financial services, the public interest and support of culture; Regulations for employees' rights and privacy policy.

Companies want to overthrow parliaments
With TTIP several mechanisms will be set up which allow corporations to enforce their interests permanently. Foreign investors shall get special rights of action against states: If corporations worry that their earning expectations could be restricted by policy measures, they shall be allowed to complain at an international arbitral tribunal. These are no public courts, the decisions are made by private, highly paid corporate lawyers. The public has no access to the negotiations, there is no right for appeals, billion-dollar compensation payments shall be made from tax revenues.
TTIP is planned as a living agreement, open for future developments. The recognition or harmonization of rules and standards would be transferred to transatlantic "Regulator Cooperation Council" of bureaucrats and business representatives. This panel would have to agree on legislative proposals first before they are delivered to parliament.

Attac calls: Resistance now!
The ideology of free trade is a key component of the EU's external trade strategy. TTIP is not the only attempt to overcome social achievements; this also happens in the negotiations to CETA with Canada or TISA, the services agreement.
TTIP and other agreements pave no way to solve economic and environmental crises; all these are further milestones on the road to a world without solidarity and a "market-conforming democracy." Together with people from Europe and USA, we are committed to STOP the negotiations.

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