Monday, 31 March 2014

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is not democratically accountable



┼╗minijietna - Voice of the Left appealed to the Maltese Government and MEPs to oppose the continuation of the process leading to a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA, before this passes through democratic procedures within the EU.
“The TTIP can lead to lack of democratic accountability on various areas related to social, educational, environmental, cultural and economic policy, and this can lead to the dominance of commercial interests on various public and essential services”.
“Before proceeding further, the TTIP should be subject to an impact assessment, a democratic debate within the European Parliament and civil society, and should be subject to a referendum”. 
“Together with leftist, social and environmental movements around Europe, we are opposing what is being proposed in the TTIP as this can lead to lower standards to the detriment of public health, public safety, workers’ and consumers’ rights and environmental protection”.
“We insist that the TTIP should not transfer regulatory competence from democratic institutions to unelected technocratic institutions. Liberalisation of public services such as health, water, culture, social services and education should not be allowed. We also oppose having less autonomy for local cultural productions, educational activities and localised policies”.

Press Release 31/3/14

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