Monday, 15 December 2014

TTIP: The secret EU-US trade deal

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a secretive free-trade agreement being negotiated by the EU and United States right now. If fully realised, TTIP would weaken EU protection for people and the environment. It would also give foreign companies the power to sue governments in secret courts if they create policy that could damage a company’s ability to make a profit.

What does this mean? Pro-TTIP lobbyists say the trade deal will result in EU-wide growth, jobs and prosperity.

In reality it will:

  • Lower EU and UK food, environmental and health standards 
  • Allow foreign companies to sue governments in private international courts
  • Undermine international efforts to combat climate change
  • Not live up to the promised economic benefits. 

Friends of the Earth is

  • Campaigning alongside other groups in the UK, and Europe, to stop TTIP
  • Calling on UK MPs and MEPs to oppose TTIP
  • Calling for increased transparency in trade negotiations. 


At Sheffield Friends of the Earth, we need to have a united front on this campaign and work is being done at a national level and with many other groups. It is doubtful that we can do much more at the moment so that we are not over stretched. We can distribute leaflets on our stalls.

To find out more see http://www.foe.co.uk/page/ttip-secret-eu-us-trade-deal