Target: United States Trade Representative Michael Froman
Goal: Make Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and documents open to the public
In June 2013, the United States and the European Union began negotiations to establish a free trade agreement between the member-states of the EU and the US. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is touted as a job-creating and economy-boosting agreement for the parties involved, as well as the whole world.
Yet, the details of these negotiations remain a secret. There should be no need for this secrecy if it is truly beneficial to the world. What is known about TTIP suggests that the economic boost comes at the price of little corporate accountability to the people their business affects.
Like the Transpacific Partnership, TTIP has provisions that have little to do with free trade. Instead, TTIP is an attempt to scale back legal protections for people and the environment. Corporate profits are decreased by these regulations, but they are necessary to protecting our health and the health of the environment.
Most worrying is the inclusion of an “investor-state dispute settlement mechanism” in the TTIP. Under this provision, corporations could sue governments that enact environmental or consumer regulations that appear to harm their profits.
Finally, TTIP negotiations have remained secret from the public, but not to 600 corporate representatives cleared by the United States. Therefore, it is plainly false to call TTIP an international free trade agreement; rather, it is an establishment of international law created for corporations, by corporations.
Sign this petition to tell USTR Michael Froman that the citizens of the member-states in the negotiations deserve a voice in these negotiations and to demand that the documents and transcripts of the negotiations be made public.
Dear Ambassador Michael Froman,
I am concerned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a bad deal for the American people and the people of the EU. If the TTIP truly contains mechanisms for “investor-state dispute settlement”, it will allow corporations to prevent independent nations from enacting crucial laws to protect their citizens’ environment and health.
TTIP negotiations remain a secret from the citizens of the member-states. Yet, approximately 600 corporate representatives have been approved by the United States to view transcripts of the negotiations. This framework ensures corporations have the opportunity to scale environmental and health regulations back through the establishment of new international standards.
TTIP threatens to create an international economic order which is for corporations and by corporations. However, the agreement would affect people all over the world at least as much as corporations. I urge you to make the negotiations available to the public to ensure that all citizens can have their voice heard.
[Your Name Here]
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