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Joint letter: For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term

In light of the European Parliament’s ongoing work on a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), today 375 civil society organisations including HEAL, wrote an open letter to MEPs warning that TTIP could constrain democratic decision-making by strengthening the influence of corparate interest and undermining public services, the protection of public health, the environment, and human rights.

The civil society organisations welcome the fact that the European Parliament is forming its opinion on the TTIP and the role that the Parliament has already played in organising democratic public debates on the issue. But they are calling on all MEPs to agree on a strong resolution that makes clear that the European Parliament will reject any future trade or investment agreements that will not serve the public interest and threaten important rights acquired in long democratic struggles in the EU, US and the rest of the world.

The open letter outlines the key demands from civil society on the TTIP negotiations, which were developed together with partners in the US and were first released in a joint civil society statement in May 2014

The letter is available in English with all the signatures and in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Danish, Italian, Slovenian, Bulgarian and Portuguese):

Originally posted on 3 March 2015

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