10 December 2014

TTIP: What is at stake for SMEs?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
8.00 – 9.30 am., Members’ Salon
European Parliament, Brussels

Dear Members of the SME Intergroup,

    Board: Othmar Karas (EPP), Maria Grapini (S&D), Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA),Michael Theurer (ALDE), Kay Swinburne (ECR)

 The SME Intergroup and EUROCHAMBRES cordially invite you to a breakfast discussion on

 TTIP: What is at stake for SMEs?

 Wednesday, December 10, 2014

8.00 – 9.30 am., Members’ Salon

European Parliament, Brussels


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Robert Flood

I can see the only people who benefit from secrecy on this agreement are the vested industrial interests. They have no track record of placing consumer interests at the heart of their decision making and this is a role for our democratically elected MEPs. In recent years it is apparent that the Commission has placed more interest in economic priorities that citizen protection.

Please proceed with this case not for me but for the next generation. I don't want part of my legacy to my children to be GMO, pesticide ridden, antibiotic and high sugar foods. And that is only the start... America has made a mess of its food chain and I don't see why we should volunteer to import that legacy.


Art 15(1) TFEU mandated the European Commission as the guardian of the treaties to act "as openly as possible". I see no legal base for concluding confidentiality agreements for the negotiations with third countries and I would like to know where the legal base is for these assurances of the European Commission towards third nations. What provision in the treaties empowers the Commission to conclude confidentiality agreements, please find out. Or is that part of the negotiation mandate? The leaks so far tell otherwise. Please ask.


Good Luck Heidi!

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