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TTIP Threatens The Environment And The Lives Of Citizens In The US And EU, Greenpeace Says; Reveals Secret Docs

First Posted: May 03, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
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Greenpeace states that TTIP, which is a controversial deal, negotiated behind closed doors between the EU and the US could affect the environment, public health, internet privacy and people's rights. Greenpeace reveals the leaked negotiations texts.

Greenpeace Netherlands released the 248 pages of classified negotiation papers on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Monday, according to RT. The paper is ratified by an investigative research team that involves WDR, Recherchevebund NDR and the Suddeutsche Zeitung media outlets.

"This treaty is threatening to have for reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US," stated by Greenpeace. They further said that it is about a huge transfer of power from people to the big business.

Greenpeace is troubled because the deal does not mention the General Exception rules, which would permit nations to operate trade "to protect human, health, plant life and animal life " or for "the conservation of exhaustible natural resources." Greenpeace said that the deal will result in abandoning long-standing environmental protections. In a survey in the United States, only 18 percent of Americans support the deal now compared to 53 percent in 2014.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP deal between US and EU is agreed to create the world's largest free trade zone. On the other hand, many Europeans are troubled that the negotiations would increase the corporate interest above national interest. The non-supporters say that the low-cost services and goods would only harm the EU and help the US.

The negotiators said that TTIP will create the standard for all future investment and trade rules around the globe. This would lead TTIP protects the rights of transnational corporations over and above the need of people and the planet, forever, according to War on Want.

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