A 248-page leak of negotiating documents for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) confirms many of the fears of critics about the proposed trade deal.
|The TTIP is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. It aims to promote trade and multilateral economic growth between the U.S. and the EU.The U.S. considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The material was leaked by Greenpeace, Netherlands.|
"We have long warned that TTIP is a danger to democracy, food safety, jobs and public services. Now we see it is even worse than we feared. Today's leak shows the European Commission preparing to sell us down the river, doing deals behind closed doors that will change the face of European society for ever. It is simply unacceptable that a group of unelected officials should be allowed to contemplate such a thing without any public scrutiny."He said that secrecy was the only way that the European Commission was able to hide the truth from the people of the EU. He called on EU governments to halt the talks immediately and disband the EU negotiating team. He also demanded a public inquiry to determine how such a damaging round of negotiations ever got as far as it did. A petition calling for an end to the TTIP negotiations attracted 3.4 million signatures.