Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Disappointing decision to postpone TTIP vote

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Anneliese was disappointed by the decision by the President of the European Parliament to cancel the planned vote on the TTIP

 The vote was cancelled at the last minute as over 200 amendments were proposed, meaning that under a procedural rule, the report was sent back to the Trade Committee.

Labour MEPs had tabled two important amendments to the report, focusing on ISDS, which Anneliese and Labour MEPs would like to see excluded. These amendments explicitly ruled out ISDS from any trade deal with the US. The amendments read as follows (in italics):

Amendment 27

"...to ensure that foreign investors are treated in a non-discriminatory fashion and have a fair opportunity to seek and achieve redress of grievances, while benefiting from no greater rights than domestic investors; to oppose the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP, as other options to enforce investment protection are available, such as domestic remedies..."

Amendment 115

"... to propose a permanent solution for resolving disputes between investors and states – without the use of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) private arbitration – which is subject to democratic principles and scrutiny..."

Anneliese said “I am extremely unhappy that MEPs have not had the chance to vote on these important amendments, as it means the European Parliament has to wait even longer to get the opportunity to express its position on TTIP to the European Commission and the negotiating team.

However, I and other Labour MEPs will continue to oppose the inclusion of ISDS, demand security for our NHS and public services and the maintenance of high standards for workers’ rights and environmental protection.”

For more information on TTIP, ISDS and what Labour MEPs are trying to achieve, see:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/peoples-concerns-over-ttip-must-be-heard

http://labourlist.org/2015/06/how-do-you-build-a-majority-against-secret-tribunals-for-multinationals-in-the-european-parliament/

http://leftfootforward.org/2015/06/we-must-engage-with-ttip-or-else-risk-being-shut-out/

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