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Commentary :: Environment
TTIP: A Charter for Deregulation, an Attack on Jobs and an End to Democracy
12 Mar 2015
Fracking, nuclear and cigarette corporations will sue states. States cannot sue corporations. In the parallel private legal 3-judge arbitration system, corporations will sue for lost profits and decisions will be irrevocable. Laws and regulations in the public interest will be decried as indirect expropriations. Sovereignty will pass from the state to corporations. A "regulatory chill" will occur as communities will be deterred by lawsuits.


When the first edition of this booklet was published in spring 2014, few people could have predicted that TTIP would soon become one of the hottest political topics in Europe. A year later, the booklet has been printed in nine European languages and tens of thousands of
copies have been distributed, while thousands more people have downloaded the text online.

TTIP itself has become a key political issue in
many countries, with growing media interest feeding off public fear at the substantial dangers that the agreement will bring. The concerns detailed in this booklet remain as valid today as when it was first published, given that the central design of TTIP itself remains unchanged. For this reason, the original text is reproduced here exactly as before, with all the references included so as to provide readers with
access to the primary sources on which the analysis is based. Yet there have also been political developments over the past year which add to our understanding of the full meaning of TTIP and its likely impacts on
society and the environment. This preface outlines those developments, again with references to primary sources, so that readers will have the full range of materials available in assessing the threat that TTIP represents.
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Trade Agreements Rigged to Protect Capital From Democracy
13 Mar 2015
to read Park MacDonald's article published on March 12, 2015 on, click on
No Special Foreign Investor Privileges!
14 Mar 2015
Investment protection provisions have been misleadingly promoted by some governments as an instrument to stimulate investment flows from industrialized countries. Their effectiveness has been highly questioned.

The strong economic interdependence between the EU and US economies clearly show that there has been no need for an investment promotion policy like TTIP. EU and US laws are already fair and adequate. Therefore, we also have no need for a dispute settlement mechanism, especially as the private arbitration system is currently out of control.

Their questions, our answers
A. Substantive provisions on the protection of investments