Greenpeace To Publish Leaked TTIP Documents
Leaked documents accessed by the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace suggest that the United States and the European Union are reportedly facing “irreconcilable” differences in their ongoing discussions over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In a statement released Sunday, Greenpeace said the documents, which include over 240 pages of leaked negotiating texts, will be released Monday.
The documents reveal “the U.S. position and deliberate attempts to change the EU democratic legislative process,” Greenpeace said in the statement, listing out several areas of concern, including what it says are demands by U.S. negotiators that, if met, would require the EU to break its climate change pledges and environment protection promises.
According to Greenpeace, the negotiating texts do not include any mention of the World Trade Organization provision that allows countries to restrict trade “protect human, animal and plant life or health.” Additionally, the documents reportedly reveal that the U.S. negotiators are threatening to block European car exports to force EU to purchase more American agricultural products.
“These leaked documents confirm what we have been saying for a long time: TTIP would put corporations at the centre of policy-making, to the detriment of environment and public health. We have known that the EU position was bad, now we see the US position is even worse. A compromise between the two would be unacceptable,” Jorgo Riss, director of Greenpeace EU, said in the statement.
According to the Guardian, which has seen the leaked documents, while the EU has so far not accepted the U.S. demands, it has yet to submit counterproposals.
“These leaked documents give us an unparalleled look at the scope of US demands to lower or circumvent EU protections for environment and public health as part of TTIP. The EU position is very bad, and the US position is terrible,” Riss told the Guardian. “The way is being cleared for a race to the bottom in environmental, consumer protection and public health standards.”
Negotiations to hammer out the TTIP have been going on for the last three years. While the deal’s backers claim that it would boost trade between U.S. and EU by easing customs duties and removing red tape and restrictions on investments on both sides of the Atlantic, its critics — especially in the EU — argue that TTIP would hurt small- and medium-sized enterprises, allow large corporations to flout environmental regulations and give them undue influence over elected governments.