Poster sazing "Stop TTIP"

TTIP International Day of Action

On 11 October 2014 a large number of organisations will be cooperating with European Pirates in actions across many countries. They will be opposing the negotiation and introduction of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) (which has already been negotiated) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). These “free trade agreements” are being backed by corporate lobbyists and are a direct threat to national sovereignty, civil society and internet freedom.

Although the negotiations are held in secret, leaks have provided enough information to know that there are three provisions that are of concern:

  1.  The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a right for major corporations to sue states for lost profits or expected lost profits due to social legislation.
  2. The Regulatory Cooperation Council is a group of industry lobbyist who will be allowed to check on draft law to ensure it meets industry requirements, even before the parliament sees it.
  3. The Standstill Clause means the improvement of social standards is precluded; social standards can only remain the same or be eroded.

The time before these measures are signed into law is short – perhaps only months away and the chance to repeat the victories over ACTA and SOPA might slip away from our grasp.

You can find out more of what is being planned at the Stop TTIP CETA TISA website and you can look at this map to find the protest closest to you.


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Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar