Greenpeace has released leaked secret TTIP negotiation documents that show the US is applying pressure on the EU to weaken European protection laws on the environment and public health.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an attempt to create the world’s biggest free trade zone between the US and European Union.
Jorgo Riss is Greenpeace EU director.
“The EU in relation to environment protection, public health and product standards that are relevant for consumers is a fairly bad position and the United States is much worse. So the prospect of having a final agreement that is between bad and worse is not a encouraging one.”
LEAVE.EU (The European Commission has vowed to protect environmental laws and defend international standards. Greenpeace insists that "TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business." The top EU negotiator Ignacio Garcia says the leaks are not helpful:"Does the the leak bother us? Yes, of course, it's not good for trust in the process that such a document is leaked. But there you go, that's all I can say for the moment. Thank you." The "US trade representative":https://ustr.gov/ttip said the interpretation of the leaked documents "appear to be misleading at best and flat out wrong at worst.'' Greenpeace has been quick to maximise access to the documents setting up mobile reading stations in Berlin and projecting the text onto the Bundestag.
LeaveEUOfficial) April 24, 2016