This morning (16 July 2014) I took 5 minutes to present to the EU and US negotiators of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty the concrete reasons we have to consider the project of a "regulatory cooperation" mechanism in TTIP as the biggest threat to social rights and our environment. Because a leaked position paper of the EU show how this mechanism will make TTIP a "living agreement" with Business basically invited to "co-write" legislation. It portrays a complicated system which will enable decisions to be made with no real public oversight or engagement, and with doors wide open to business lobbying. Business will be involved from the beginning of the process, well before any public and democratic debate takes place, and will have excellent opportunities to ditch important initiatives to improve our food standards or protect consumers. Essentially, the proposal would allow business lobbyists to “co-write legislation”.
I mostly worked based on this brilliant article by CEO:
1- selfie - twitterstorm
First of all let me take a minute of your time to do a quick selfie, and tweet it as part of a lithe twitter storm action we are launching right now. You may all be happy to learn that we take part in your transparency efforts and are getting the word out about TTIP, you can all take part if you even, even ladies and gentlemen negotiators if you wish to get a little more followers, just use the hashtag #KickOutTTIP.
@Mich_ka : #Selfie before speech to #TTIP negotiators: Let's not give business more power #KickOutTTIP corporateeurope.org/trade/2013/12/regulation-none-our-business
OK that’s done, sorry for wasting your precious time, let’s get the the presentation
2- Sustainable development
Sustainable development is a concept that we as civil society and development NGOs aestivate as a very valuable one, the idea that it is possible that draw policies that actually address at the same time economic, social and environmental challenges of our era is sth we truly believe in.
We find it useful to include a sustainable development chapter in the agreement, but only if it’s at least as ambitious and compulsory as any other provision in the treaty, with dispute settlement mechanisms open to CSOs and trade unions, and sanctions. But most importantly we believe such a chapter will not be of any us e if other parts of the agreement establish a clear hierarchy putting the economic interests of a few above any social or environmental public interest policy. And that is why I would like to talk more specifically about the potential impact on sustainable development of what you call "regulatory cooperation".
3- Questions we asked and didn’t get answers to
More than 170 movements and civil society organisations from the EU and the US have sent you a letter on May 12th asking for clarifications on these questions, we didn’t get any answers so I’m asking you here :
1) What exactly has been discussed and/or agreed upon between EU and US negotiators on regulatory cooperation?
2) How do you plan to prevent regulatory cooperation provisions in TTIP from slowing the implementation of existing laws? Proposals indicate extensive regulatory dialogues throughout several stages of regulatory processes on both sides of the Atlantic, with the production and exchange of information on alternative options and impacts, including written responses.
etc. see here the letter : sensiblesafeguards.org/assets/documents/regco-sign-on-letter_questions_final-rev2.pdf
4- Here are some concrete reasons we have to consider regulatory cooperation as a threat to fundamental social rights, our environment's protection and our food sovereignty :
Since we don’t have access to negotiating texts, we can only base our assessment on what is publicly available, which is :
one leaked position paper of the EU portraying a complicated system which will enable decisions to be made with no real public oversight or engagement, and with doors wide open to business lobbying. Business will be involved from the beginning of the process, well before any public and democratic debate takes place, and will have excellent opportunities to ditch important initiatives to improve our food standards or protect consumers.