As negotiations for the EU-US trade agreement continue, we call for the protection of strict EU chemical laws, including by:
- Excluding chemicals, pesticides and other sensitive sectors from the EU-US trade talks to ensure TTIP will not provide new channels for private profit to influence the drafting or revision of EU laws.
- Excluding all elements of the current EU deregulatory agenda from being embedded in a legally binding trade agreement.
- Excluding all provisions that would enable multinational corporations to bypass domestic courts and sue the EU and Member States, via the so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) or Investment Court System.
TTIP: Private profit versus public health
Remove chemicals from the EU-US trade talks
The United States and European Union are negotiating a new trade agreement called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This agreement is a threat to the EU’s ability to protect people from toxic chemical exposure.
EU legislation is currently much more protective than US regulations. If chemicals are included in this trade deal, the EU could see its global leadership in protecting public health through tough laws like REACH watered down. TTIP could also halt the EU’s progress on a policy to limit exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals.