NGOs protest EU-US trade deal with a Trojan horse

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This 8 meter high inflatable Trojan horse represents TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the free trade deal that Europe and the US are currently negotiating in Brussels. The people in suits are ‘big business lobbyists.’

With this stunt, anti-TTIP campaigners protested in Brussels on Wednesday in front of the EU, as European and US officials are holding the 8th round of negotiations, the first for the new Juncker Commission.

“A Trojan horse symbolises something that looks very good at first glance but in reality it turns out to be a nightmare. There is a number of things into the agreement which are not acceptable, like for instance the lowering of standards but also giving very far-reaching rights to investors to sue governments. If these things are part of the deal, then we think it should be rejected,” said Friends of the Earth Trade Campaigner Paul De Clerck.

Campaigners called on EU leaders to scrap the deal altogether, as they say it undermines democratic rights and puts the interests of big business before citizens.

GMOs, excessive rights for investors, dirty energy and chlorine chicken are some of the threats that campaigners believe the agreement poses.

“If stronger rules will be challenged as barriers to trade, then we see that they will be lowered down so that the trade can dominate. This is why we believe it is taking away fundamental rights and fundamental safety nets that we have built in Europe for the last 20 to 30 years,” Director of Friends of the Earth Europe Magda Stoczkiewicz said.

The European Commission, however, believes that a Transatlantic agreement will create a single market of 800 million people creating millions of jobs.

So far, more than 1 million citizens around Europe have signed a petition opposing the trade deal, and demanding the end to the negotiations.

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