Today at 11 AM Greenpeace published Nederland parts of the secret TTIP negotiating texts, at the same time provide Greenpeace experts the contents of this re:publish before. The leaked documents show, that by TTIP massive environmental- and consumer standards could be undermined. This contract must never never come into force!
„Trade agreement with such far-reaching impact should be publicly discussed and negotiated transparent“, explains Jürgen crunch, Expert on trade for Greenpeace. „Everything else is undemocratic and a threat to the gains of the civil society.“ This crunch provides an explanation of the publication of previously secret TTIP negotiating papers. Although in Europe alone more than half a billion people will feel the effects, the negotiations between the US and the EU so far to the population a single black box. In Germany, for example, the negotiating text is two monitored reading rooms in the Ministry of Economy and the US Embassy. The public has no access. Only the members of the Bundestag, the Federal Council and selected staff of ministries may see the papers - two hours, under the supervision. And even that only since the beginning of this year in response to the massive protests of TTIP opponents. What does it say, may not have the room leave: Neither a copy nor a spoken word - there is absolute secrecy.
After all, is the world's largest with TTIP trade agreements are created. Now, finally, comes a piece of transparency in the negotiations - but not at the initiative of the negotiators. Greenpeace Netherlands published on hitherto secret negotiating texts. The 13 Chapter filters with almost 250 completed pages, about half of the entire Agreement is and show the state before the last week 13. round of negotiations. And indeed the texts confirm all fears: The trade agreement is making strong inroads in European regulations to protect the environment and consumers a - suspected more than before. An attempt to abolish the precautionary principle in force in Europe, the products allowed only, if they are not harmful to humans and the environment. Instead threatens the introduction of the methods employed in the United States risk principle. This works exactly the opposite: First of all must all be allowed - unless, the harmfulness of a product is clearly demonstrated. It is no surprise, that more than in the US 170 GM crops are approved for cultivation, in Europe only. The European precautionary principle is mentioned in the TTIP text at no point more. Fits to, that American agribusiness, the precautionary principle is increasingly castigates a barrier to trade. the US will prevail, could urge hitherto banned GM crops or other controversial products such as produced with growth accelerators meat on the local market with TTIP in Europe.
In addition, a preliminary analysis of the documents confirming a number of other critical points. Advanced EU environmental laws on food safety or chemicals threaten weakened or eliminate them altogether. Industry representatives say a key is given in important decisions, while the concerns of civil society not included. The proposed mutual adaptation of legislation between the US and the EU would be built according to the current state of the lowest common denominator. European laws about food labeling or cosmetics were threatened. „What so far came from these secret negotiations to the public, sounded like a nightmare. Now wissen we, it could very soon become a reality“, so crunch. „TTIP shakes the foundations of the European Environment- and consumer protection. The agreement threatens rights and laws, that have been hard won over decades. This Agreement shall not enter into force.“