05 March 2015

Alter Summit Assembly: Climate, TTIP, Greece and austerity

Thursday March 5 - 14:30 – 17:30 : TTIP in 2015, Rue Watteeu 2, 1000 Bruxelles

On 5th and 6th of March, Alter Summit will organize its next assembly. We will talk about Climate and TTIP mobilizations, and of course about the situation in Greece and the resistances against austerity in Europe. Welcome!

Alter Summit Assembly - 5th & 6th of March 2015 - Program
Rue Watteeu 2, 1000 Bruxelles

Thursday March 5

10:00 – 10:30 : Introduction

10:30 – 13:30 : Climate issues in 2015

In 2015, different mobilizations are planned in Europe on climate issues. They will culminate in Paris in November and December around the COP21 Conference.
How Alter Summit, and more widely the social movement, can seize this theme and contribute to the success of these mobilizations ? The discussion will also address the social issues behing the climate change.

Speekers :

  • Julien Rivoire, member of the French Climate Coalition 21 & Alter Summit
  • Daniel Tanuro, specialist on Ecological Politics
  • Annabella Rosemberg, Environment & occupational health officer at ITUC

14:30 – 17:30 : TTIP in 2015

2015 will be a crucial year for TTIP. Its supporters want to accelerate the negociations while resistance is growing in Europe. We will address during the discussion the challenges for the social movement, specially the international day of action on 18th of April and the balance of power within the European Parliament.

Speekers :

  • Bruno Poncelet, animator of the Plateform No Transat
  • John Hillary, War on Want, specialist on TTIP and the links with the social and trade union movement
  • Philippe Lamberts, MEP Green group, very active in trade and fiscality issues


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Thomas Denhof

Great news to see SDIS at risk of becoming part of TTIP.
It's shocking it was ever considered to be implemented.
Let's keep fighting for it's removal.

Hilda palmer

Good! But doesn't make ttip good or even benign, gives far toomuchpiwerto corporations, over rides democracy and threatens to force all standards down. But many corporations, usa business may not want ttip without isds?


Read the critique of the Dutch government study of ISDS at

Basically, these FTAs are intentionally deceptive and antidemocratic. they set up privatization as their goal but they go to great lengths to conceal key aspects of their agenda. Understanding GATS and how its been interpreted is key to understanding these FTAs.

This is a good paper on how the GATS is a threat to public services, particularly social services like health care and education. Particularly, it describes how GATS, *which TTIP references for its definitions*, uses ambiguity to allow it to sneak in goals which require a very deep level of understanding to identify, deceptively- very much worth reading- The ambiguity is a problem which makes it imperative to dump the connections to GATS.

ronald minschwaner

Yes, potentially good news. But I am sick of leaving big votes that effect the lives of U.S. citizens in the hands of a corrupt congress. It is 2014 and there is absolutely no logic to shut the people out of the conversation that controls their destiny. This is a peoples decision, NOT rich corporate leeches !

Olle Johansson

I totally agree we have STOP TTIP.
You are welcome to visit my blogg, you have the possibility to translate my blogg in english.


This could be very bad. We need to stop TTIP in its entirety, especially the portions on copyright enforcement. If ISDS is taken out, we'll lose a lot of the help we'll need.


great news if true. BUT, the Karel de Gucht statement occurred yesterday, 16th. The reference to de Gruyter, NRC Handelsblad is dated 15th or even 14th.

Either there is another unreported reference from de Gruyter or the de Grucht report on Reuters must surely supercede the de Gruyter reported conversation with Junckers.

Verification of reference needed before I believe this story, much as I want to believe it.

Helen Highwater

ISDS represents the greatest threat to democracy this century. Please delete this part of the TTIP, and any other treaties it may appear in.

max blunt

Good news no doubt, but we still need the whole thing to fall apart, let's hope this is the beginning of the end for TTIP.

Tom Lines

ISDS remains in CETA, the EU's agreement with Canada, which is due for ratification. If it goes through, US companies will be able to sue EU governments in the same way via their Canadian subsidiaries. CETA must be stopped too.

Martin Hemingway

Junckers is not criticising the obscenity at the heart of TTIP, the power of corporations to challenge the decisions of democratically elected governments and other national institutions if they affect the profits they could make.

He is only, I think, suggesting that the mechanism for assessment of a breach of the rules should not be a 'secret' arbitration tribunal but the court system. There is no necessity, indeed no likelihood, that national courts like those of the UK, or of the EU, following the usual rules for the interpretation of statutes (treaties included) would reach any different decision from the tribunal, and the decision reached would then have the greater validity of having been arrived at in open court following established rules.

Heather wilde

Excellent news if true, take that frackers!


Better still if the UK were free from EU interference to trade with whom we wished


Investor state disputes to be decided by national legislatures, presumably implementing international corporate law, but not in private.. is this a huge difference? Great to see movement, but no point in having a treaty if it is not enforceable. As I see it any nation with higher levels of protection for people or planet would be entitled to impose import duty on goods produced without these protections to ensure a level playing field. That seems the right way to do the treaty, instead of the present proposed enforcement of the lowest agreed standards.

Kipper Proof

Oh please Ukippers, the truth about TTIP is "you are either with us or against us". The plan is exclusive which draws an analogy to Ukraine, where you are not allowed to join EU and Putin's Eurasia Union simultaneously.

Jonathan Camilleri

I don't quite agree with its removal, I would agree to more transparency, but I am not Juncker.

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