ECI to Stop TTIP goes public and turns in its offical application
On Tuesday, 15 July 2014, a new European Citizens’ Initiative has applied for registration with the European Commission which now has two months time to decide on the admissibility of this proposed ECI. This ECI is expected to start mid September. As the organisers of the initiative “STOP TTIP” informed during the press conference, the upcoming ECI asks the EU Commission to recommend to the EU Council of Ministers to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Trade Investor Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) either.
Behind the initiative are currently 148 organisations from 18 EU member states that work on wide range of issues, such as environment, international justice and human rights, development, trade and also civil rights, democracy and art.
During the press conference Michael Efler, representative of the ECI’s citizens’ committee and spokesperson of the federal association More Democracy (Mehr Demokratie e.V.) stated that “the centre of our criticism is the democratic dimension of the planned agreement: rules, which have far-reaching consequences for 500 million EU citizens in 28 member states, are negotiated behind closed doors. This is what we oppose.”
John Hilary, executive director of the British organization War on Want and member of the citizens’ committee, further said: “The TTIP agreement should not be understood as a treaty between two competing trade partners, the EU and USA. Instead, it is about the common attempt of multinational companies on both sides of the Atlantic to break open markets at the expense of consumer protection, food safety, environmental provisions, valuable social standards, regulations on the use of toxins or regulations on bank safety.”
“The TTIP is a grave threat to democracy – the ECI wants democracy, not ‘corporatocracy’” – concluded Susan George, President of the Board of the Transnational Institute Amsterdam (TNI), honorary President of ATTAC-France and member of the ECI’s committee.
Have a look at the official wording of the ECI, citizens’ committee members, detailed time schedule of the initiative, an independent legal opinion, which reviews the legal legitimacy in advance and the members of the ECI-coalition.