Monthly Archives: April 2016

European resistance to TTIP

TTP isn’t just an American phenomenon. It’s happening all over the world. Here’s how Europe is fighting back.

In many European countries, local authorities are declaring their worries or refusals regarding the currently negotiated free trade agreements between the European Union and its economic partners:

● The Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership with the USA, also called TTIP;
● The Canada-Europe Trade Agreement with Canada, also called CETA;
● And the Trade in Services Agreement which is negotiated between 23 countries, also called TiSA.

These treaties are paving the way for far-reaching liberalisation. They will jeopardise democratic principles by substantially reducing political space and restricting the scope for public choices via the implementation of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) or investment court system (ICS, also called “Zombie ISDS”) and by Regulatory Cooperation processes. In order to respond these unprecedented risks in terms of social, economic, environmental and democratic rights, over 1,500 local authorities in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Germany took motions declaring themselves as TTIP/ CETA/ TiSA-free zones or concerned by these treaties.

Today, dozens of millions of European citizens are already living in a TTIP-free zone. You can see a map of TTP free areas here. But many others are not. That’s why, turning the whole of Europe into a TTIP-free zone is a now an objective for hundreds of associations, NGOs, trade unions, farmer unions, and umbrella organisations.


April 29-Free conference on TPP

Rules, Rights and Resistance:
The battle over the TPP and TTIP Mega-regional “Trade Agreements”

One day conference at The New School, The Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street 

9am – 6pm, Reception to Follow  29 April, 2016

Cast as “trade agreements”, a momentous re-writing and consolidation of the basic rules governing the global economy is being pursued across the globe.  At play is much more than “trade”. Bringing together noted academics and advocates, “Rules, Rights and Resistance” presents a day-long exploration of what is at play in the struggle over the mega-regional agreements, namely the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlatic Trade and Investment Partnership: what they portend, the resistances they have generated, and the horizons for rewriting and implementing alternative rules. Sessions focus on: labor, environment, health and food.
Speakers include; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, Greg Grandin, New York University, Alan Cafruny, Hamilton College; Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research , Frank Ackerman, Synapse Energy; Kevin Gallagher (via video), Boston University, Lori Wallach, Public Citizen, and Celso Amorim, Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil

This event will be live-streamed. For updates on the live-stream link please follow us on twitter at @NewSchool_IA or check the events page.

The event is free but please register here.