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For Immediate Release

Press Release

EU-US Trade Talks: European Parliament Vote Ignores Citizen Concerns

BRUSSELS, Belgium -

The European Parliament today expressed its support for the TTIP trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States. 

The resolution adopted today [1] is the parliament’s unique opportunity to give its opinion on the ongoing trade talks. The result of the vote is a setback for citizens, the environment, and democracy, reacted Friends of the Earth Europe.

Natacha Cingotti, Friends of the Earth Europe trade campaigner, said: “The people of Europe are rightly concerned about the threat TTIP poses to our environment, food, health and social protections – they expected the European Parliament to take a strong stance but MEPs have sided with big business and put democracy at risk by supporting these talks. The parliament has backed dangerous propositions within TTIP such as special privileges for foreign investors and plans to permanently align existing and future rules between Europe and the US which would lead to lower environmental, food and safety standards.

“Ignoring the massive public mobilisation against this dangerous Trojan Horse treaty will only result in strengthening opposition to it.”

Over the last weeks, infighting within the parliament over controversial aspects of the resolution has echoed growing public concern about the transatlantic talks. 

Yet the final text agreed today fails to acknowledge these concerns or to clearly call for the exclusion of the most dangerous proposals within the talks. MEPs have failed to come out against:

The next round of negotiations between EU and US negotiating teams will take place next week in Brussels (July 13-17) against a background of growing resistance across Europe.

A self-organised European Citizens' Initiative calling on EU decision makers to stop the TTIP negotiations has already collected more than two million signatures.

Hundreds of municipalities have declared themselves ‘TTIP-free’ in opposition to a negotiation in which they are not consulted and that will affect their ability to regulate at the local level if it comes to an agreement.

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Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 74 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, FOEI campaigns on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.

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