TTIP - what it is and why we are opposing it

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. The aim of the agreement according to proponents is to create growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic by removing trade barriers to boost and facilitate the buying and selling of goods and services, as well as investment in each of the economies. See “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - TTIP explained” for the EU rationale for the agreement.

What the Scottish Green Party and many others are concerned about are the rights that are likely to be afforded to corporations entering newly liberalized markets across the Atlantic. They fear a situation where large, powerful companies are able to coerce and manipulate sovereign governments into doing their bidding, ultimately undermining national laws on food safety, environment, health and financial regulation. The nature of the TTIP deliberations is also cause for concern as they are being negotiated privately in Brussels by the EU Commission, the executive body of the EU which is not subject to any public scrutiny. There appears to be a major gap between the interests of the consumer and the interest of corporations as a result of the secret lobbying of Brussels. See  "30 reasons why the Greens oppose TTIP" for why the Greens in the European Parliament oppose the deal.

What can I do?

Email your councillor to support an anti-TTIP motion

Please take one minute to email your councillor this letter  to push South Lanarkshire Council to look at how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could affect local services:  model_ttip_motion_for_local_authorities.doc.docx
 
You can find out who your Councillor is at:  Who is My Councillor - South Lanarkshire Council
 The EU-wide petition against TTIP has almost reached 2.5 million signatures. It can be found at: www.38degrees.org.uk/ttip