Brussels – As the 14th round of troubled EU-US trade talks comes to a close in Brussels, Greenpeace has challenged the EU to put people and the environment back at the heart of its political ambitions.


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Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: “The EU must recognise that the world has changed since trade talks began three years ago. It’s time to hit the stop button and start building a fairer, more democratic and greener Europe. Public opposition to trade deals like TTIP continues to grow, while people are losing faith in the political direction chosen by European governments. TTIP represents an undemocratic brand of politics that turns its back on what matters to people. It’s time to stop TTIP negotiations and start a public debate on policies that work for everyone, not just a few privileged corporations.”

An EU opinion poll released in June shows that 67 per cent of Europeans want to see more EU action on environmental protection – yet trade deals such as TTIP, and CETA (an EU-Canada trade deal) are set to undermine European environmental, health and labour protections.

The EU TTIP energy and climate change chapters released Thursday are disconnected from the urgency of climate change and commitments made at the Paris climate summit. The energy chapter’s main aim is to free up the trade in fossil fuels, in particular the import of high carbon US shale gas into the EU, while the climate change chapter weakens the EU’s position on the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies by carving out significant loopholes.

Contact: Greenpeace EU press desk: +32 (0)2 274 1911, pressdesk.eu@greenpeace.org

Images: On July 9, during an official visit by US president Barack Obama, Greenpeace activists unfurled a giant banner in Madrid reading “Yes we can stop TTIP”. [link to pictures]

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