Monday, 12 May 2014

TTIP should be subject to democratic process and impact assessment - Left Organizations

Żminijietna - Voice of the Left, Alliance Against Poverty, General Workers' Union Youths, Moviment Graffitti and Association of Federative Socialists said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA should be subject to an impact study, to a democratic discussion in the European Parliament and within civil society, and to full transparency before proceeding. It should also be subject to a referendum.
"If approved as being proposed, the TTIP will have a huge impact on policy matters across the two economic blocs, paving the way for increased big business dominance and commercialisation For this reason we urge Maltese EP candidates to declare their position on the TTIP".
"The TTIP should not result in lower standards to the detriment of public health, public security, workers' and consumers' rights and environmental protection. It should not transfer regulatory competence from democratic institutions to unelected technocratic institutions".
"The TTIP should not allow the liberalisation and privatisation of public services such as health, culture, water, social services and education, and it should not reduce political autonomy on cultural productions, educational activities and local policies".
The position of the Leftist NGOs is reflected in their Left European Manifesto which can be accessed at

Press Release 12/5/14

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