This week EPHA launched a weekly news feed about the latest developments around the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US and the potential negative effect it may have on public health outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic.
To learn more about this topic, you can read: [EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?
This digest will primarily focus on news, analysis and statements at a European (EU and member state) level as well as articles and papers published in the US.
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[January 16] EPHA TTIP Feed
“The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the TTIP negotiations with the US will not lead to a race to the bottom on environmental protection, health and safety standards and consumer rights. But as negotiations progress, civil society groups on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly feeling uneasy, say ten leading NGOs in an open letter. This letter was drafted by NGOs working in European health, transparency and environment: CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN), Corporate Observatory Europe (CEO), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Nature Friends International (NFI), Transport & Environnent (T&E), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).”
- (EU) EU-US trade deal should follow an ’ambitious and binding’ approach – The Parliament, by Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (parliament’s EPP group shadow rapporteur on trade and economic relations with the United States)
“Quisthoudt-Rowohl expects ’fragments to gradually become a clearer picture’ in trade agreement talks with US. I personally share a very positive attitude towards the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) and I believe this attitude is worth being upheld. Of course, we are aware of concerns about our negotiating partner spying on us. Everybody in Europe is now more conscious of data protection than ever. Nonetheless, I am convinced that the spying incidents should not endanger this historic chance to benefit people on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly in the EU. We will not allow the standard of protection in Europe, provided by the coming data protection reform, to be reduced by the TTIP. Data protection in terms of data flow between trading partners has not yet been a discussion point, but will certainly be during the next rounds.”
(France) French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal – Euractiv
“During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal, EurActiv France reports. The minister in charge of foreign trade, Nicole Bricq, admitted with regret that France was the country where mobilisation against what they call the ’transatlantic treaty’, is the strongest. A debate, which took place in the Senate on Thursday (9 January), showed bipartisan opposition to the agreement and the government found itself somewhat isolated on the topic after facing criticism from speakers from all political sides.”
“At the end of 2013 the European Union is a strong and attractive global partner, and its combined economy still is the largest in the world. Therefore the negotiations over the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the United States are moving steadily forward. At the same time EU enlargement continues through association agreements with Georgia and Moldova signed in November, and the accession of Croatia as a member state in July. Next in line for membership are Serbia, Iceland, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina and even Turkey. Nevertheless, regional differences within the EU cannot be denied. For example, post-communist states that received EU membership in 2007, such as Bulgaria, are still having difficulties with corruption, organized crime and rule of law. Moreover, the level of development in Bulgaria is still significantly lower than that in other EU countries. According to World Bank statistics, the 2012 nominal GDP per capita for Bulgaria and Begium are €6,986 and €43,413 respectively.”
- (US) WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents [VIDEO] – Acronym TV
“The TPP is a Trojan horse that seeks to usher in a backroom secret sweetheart deal for the global elite, and President Barack Obama wants the deal fast-tracked through Congress. That effort was dealt a serious blow on Wednesday, when WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property rights chapter. According to the WikiLeaks press release: "The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents."
“Arguably the most important economic development last year was the announcement of a new push towards a trade deal between the United States and the EU. Almost a year after President Barack Obama presented the initiative in his February 2013 State of the Union speech, negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have made steady progress. But several challenges remain unaddressed while new ones loom on the horizon. As a result, it is uncertain whether a final agreement will be ready in time for the end of this year.As the world’s largest trading and investment partners, representing three-quarters of global financial markets and almost half of world trade, any trade deal made between the U.S. and the EU would naturally be of enormous proportions. According to some official estimates, TTIP could add as much as $130 billion a year to the U.S. economy and 119 billion euros to the EU economy. The significance of this must not be underestimated. If the EU were to add two percent annual economic growth due to TTIP as some economists predict, this would be equal to adding a market the size of Argentina to the global economy every year.”