Today, Wemos and over 65 public interest organizations sent a letter to the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, expressing our concerns about the inclusion of chemical legislation in the proposed EU-US trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). We are concerned that the European Commission continues to ignore critical aspects of the 2015 Parliamentary Resolution that called for reforming the trade agreement. The letter TTIP: Private profit versus public health, remove chemicals from the EU-US trade talks was sent ahead of the 14th round of negotiations in Brussels on July 11th.
In the letter we call upon President Schulz to remind the European Commission to listen to the European Parliament’s recommendations as outlined in last year’s resolution. The letter highlights the findings of a new report, which showed that the Commission’s TTIP proposals could affect the more protective EU chemical and pesticide laws, undermine the EU regulatory system, and fail to respect EU jurisdiction.
The European Commission has therefore failed to follow the European Parliament’s recommendation to respect differences between EU and US regulatory systems. The EU’s approach on regulating toxic chemicals – which is stricter than that of the US – is being threatened by TTIP. For example, while Europe has banned 80 pesticides, these are still legal in the US. And the US government has already pressured the EU not to take ambitious measures to protect the public from the health risks of hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
The letter to President Martin Schulz can be found here
The European Parliament’s resolution on TTIP can be found here