[permaculture] European Parliament TTIP vote cancelled because of ‘huge public pressure’ say Green MEPs : EU Reporter

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 10:49:25 EDT 2015


[Bob Waldrop: "The controversial deal seeks to remove standards and
protections that are currently enshrined in laws across the EU and US.
Examples of these regulations include labour rights that protect people at
work, environmental regulations and food safety laws."]


European Parliament TTIP vote cancelled because of ‘huge public pressure’
say Green MEPs : EU Reporter
http://www.eureporter.co/frontpage/2015/06/10/european-parliament-ttip-vote-cancelled-because-of-huge-public-pressure-say-green-meps/
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*TTIP debate and vote postponed*


*The TTIP resolution was referred back to the committee on the basis of
article 175
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+RULES-EP+20150428+RULE-175+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN&navigationBar=YES>
of the rules of procedure.  Today (10 June), the Parliament decided by 183
votes in favour, 181 against, and 37 abstentions to postpone the debate as
well on the basis of article 152
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+RULES-EP+20150428+RULE-175+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN&navigationBar=YES>.
Rapporteur Bernd Lange will hold a press conference at 10h30
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/schedule/>. *
TTIP: What exactly is the ISDS mechanism for resolving investor disputes?
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150605STO63242/html/TTIP-what-exactly-is-the-ISDS-mechanism-for-resolving-investor-disputes>

*In unusual circumstances, the planned vote on 10 June in the European
Parliament on  the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),
an EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated, has been cancelled.*

The official line from the Parliament is that because more than 200
amendments were tabled the vote should be postponed to enable the Trade
Committee to consider the amendments before tabling them for a future
plenary session.

The controversial deal seeks to remove standards and protections that are
currently enshrined in laws across the EU and US. Examples of these
regulations include labour rights that protect people at work,
environmental regulations and food safety laws.

Included in the agreement is a clause called the Investor State Dispute
Settlement (ISDS) which many MEPs have warned would allow corporations to
sue Governments in secret courts if a government passed laws which limited
a corporation’s profits or activity.

More than 2 million EU citizens have signed a* petition
<https://stop-ttip.org/>* against the deal.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South-East England, said: “The decision to
cancel the vote on TTIP stinks of political parties in the European
Parliament running scared of the huge public opposition to TTIP.

“TTIP represents a monumental power grab by corporations and it must be
stopped in its tracks.”

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP South-West England, said: “This attempt to
remove the right of all MEPs to vote on this very important report on TTIP
is nothing short of a scandal. Thousands of constituents have emailed me
today and I will not be cheated of my right to represent their will to
oppose ISDS and the undermining of European protection of environments and
animal welfare.”


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