TTIP leaks further raise public fears – Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said leaked TTIP negotiation texts will further raise public fears about the far-reaching US-EU trade deal.

The Midlands/North West MEP added that the leaks also highlight the extreme secrecy and lack of democracy surrounding TTIP negotiations.

He said any new Irish Government should stand up for Irish workers, farmers and consumers by making clear its opposition to the secret nature of TTIP negotiations.

Matt Carthy said:

“The leak of TTIP negotiation texts will further raise public fears about this far reaching trade agreement.

“The texts reveal US demands on the EU to break promises on environmental protection.

“US proposals include an obligation on the EU to inform American companies, in advance, of planned regulations, and to allow them the an input into framing EU regulations.

“Under these proposals, US companies could influence the content of EU laws at various points in the regulatory process.

“The leaks also highlight the extreme secrecy and lack of democratic input in TTIP negotiations.

“TTIP will have severe negative consequences for food standards, public health, workers’ rights, small business and farming in Ireland.

“Despite this, public and political understanding of what is actually at stake is incredibly low.

“Most of the information we have about TTIP comes from leaked documents with the remainder emanating from various PR exercises of the Commission and a compliant Irish Government.

“The more that is revealed about this deal the greater the opposition is becoming in Ireland and across the EU.

“Any new Irish Government must stand up for Irish workers, farmers and consumers by making clear its opposition to the secret nature of TTIP negotiations.”

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