Greens / Efa Priority

TTIP

TTIP is not about trade but about trading our democracy. It is designed by corporations for corporations. Decisions are made out of sight - behind closed doors. Greens/EFA are continuing to expose what lies beneath these secretive talks.

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Issue n°12 May 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Commission’s cynical moves to ease way for GMOs in Europe Organic: driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system School Fruit and Milk Schemes: natural food wins over agro-industrial plans FOOD FOR THOUGHT Report exp...


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ISDS/EU trade policy

Commission continues to wriggle around controversial investor dispute mechanism debate

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström will attend the European Parliament's trade committee today and present preliminary proposals for reforming the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the context of trade agreements. Commenting on the meeting and leaked d...


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GMO approvals

Cynical approval of 19 GMOs by EU Commission reinforces democratic concerns

The European Commission today announced it was approving 10 new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food or feed use and renewing 7 existing authorisations, as well as approving 2 new genetically-modified flowers (1). Criticising the decision, Green food safety spokesperson Bart Staes said: ...


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Regulatory Cooperation In TTIP

What does it mean for the future of our food and democracy?

Report from the discussion with Sharon Treat on US legislators' perspectives on the ongoing TTIP negotiations on regulatory cooperation for food policies  On 14th April as we approached the  Global Action Day on TTIP, MEPs from across the political spectrum welcomed Sharon Treat[i],...


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GMO approvals

EU Commission continues down slippery slope of easing way for GMOs in Europe

The European Commission today presented a proposal for a new scheme of renationalising decisions on GMOs in the EU. The proposals would introduce the possibility for EU member states to restrict trade of GMOs within their territory without touching the authorisation procedure for GMOs as such. Comme...


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Issue n°11 April 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY End of Milk Quota: Greens support small producers and call for a crisis management scheme TTIP: a major concern for the future of our food and democracy FOOD FOR THOUGHT Eating from the Farm - A report by Friends of the Earth Europe on the social, enviro...


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EP committee draws clear red lines for TTIP concerning food and health

With an overwhelming majority (59-8-2) the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) gave red light to the TTIP opinion report of Green rapporteur. Green draftsperson, MEP Bart Staes, who is very pleased with the result of the vote in ENVI: "It would have been unthinkable for the ENVI committee not to reach a majority vote on a critical report on TTIP."


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Pesticide Action Week 20-30 March

How TTIP threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides

On 28 December, right before the sixth round of negotiations on the TTIP trade deal, American and European pesticide lobby groups CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), made recommendations for TTIP negotiators to consider on regulatory convergence. These lobby groups ...


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EU-US TTIP negotiations/ISDS

Commission PR drive cannot mask problems with controversial investor dispute mechanism

<xml> </xml> EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström attended the European Parliament's trade committee today to present the conclusions of the EU Commission on the role of the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the context of the EU-US TTIP t...


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Issue n°10 March 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Cloning for farming purposes: Greens ask the Commission to come with better proposal EU seed marketing regulation fully withdrawn: The Greens say thank you to the seed savers community. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Food Community supported programmes in the spotlig...


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Trade secrets can harm

your health, your environment, your career

The European Parliament is now discussing a draft proposal to establish a EU directive on trade secrets. A proper balance needs to be found to avoid abusive claims of improper use of trade secrets and overbroad protection.


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Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in EU law and International Law

This event follows discussions initiated during the joint JURI/INTA hearing on TTIP: Regulatory Aspects and Investor to State Dispute Settlement and Arbitration, 27th January 2014.


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