openPR Logo
Press release

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Physicians and scientists are warning against damaging current European environmental and health standards

07-18-2014 07:12 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Pabst Science Publishers

© moonrun - Fotolia.com

© moonrun - Fotolia.com

In an open letter physicians and scientists demand that German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel halts negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and request a responsible policy for a sustainable and viable society:

Open letter to German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel

Appeal to halt negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Dear Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel,

On February 13, 2013, the US-American president and representatives of the European Union announced their intent to negotiate a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and the EU (also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement / TAFTA). With TTIP it is planned not only to remove tariffs (which, incidentally, are not particularly high), but, above all, to eliminate non-tariff trade barriers by aligning the different U.S. and the EU standards. These TTIP regulatory efforts would irrevocably change the foundation of our society and its future development.

Politicians as well as business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are vigorously pursuing the TTIP. Negotiations are taking place behind closed doors and obviously under extreme time pressure. The treaty should be completed as early as 2015. We citizens are left out. All of this contradicts our understanding of a democratic society.

The U.S. journalist, Lori Wallach, commented on the project in Le Monde Diplomatique on November 8, 2013 as follows: “This Transatlantic Trade and investment Agreement (TTIP) intends to – similar to its predecessor MAI [Multilateral Agreement on Investment] – secure and broaden the privileges of corporations and investors. The US and the EU seek to align their respective standards in non-trade sectors. These "harmonisation" attempts serve, as expected, the interests of corporations and investors. If standards are not fulfilled, indefinite trade sanctions or gigantic compensation payments can be imposed.” The English journalist George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian on November 4, 2013 that “this transatlantic trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy” and of a treaty “that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty.”

The above-mentioned newspaper articles as well as television broadcasts (including Report München, Monitor) report on the problems of such an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), illustrating these with concrete examples. In addition, the media also demonstrates other hazards of the TTIP such as: lowering of European consumer protection and health standards; threats to agricultural, organic farming; openings for agro-biotechnology; reduction of social standards as well as climate and environmental protection requirements; new waves of privatisation in areas of basic public services and further deregulation of the financial sector.

The European Commission has responded to the legitimate concerns and fears of citizens and their loss of confidence in public policy making with targeted communication strategies (Managing Transparency, Leaked European Commission PR strategy). Nevertheless, so far 714,809 citizens have taken part in online petitions in opposition to TTIP in Germany. On May 22, 2014, these signatures were presented to the top candidates for the European Parliament by the action alliance ttip-unfairhandelbar. Numerous organisations (NGOs) on both sides of the Atlantic have made similar anti-TTIP appeals to decision makers.

From experience with previous free trade agreements and liberalisation, as well as from what has been leaked to the public concerning the current TTIP negotiations, we have also come to a position of concern about the TTIP between the U.S. and the EU.

We object to the aim of regulatory harmonisation that threatens current European environmental and health standards as well as the planned investor-state dispute settlement. It is unacceptable that, in investor-state dispute settlements, foreign investors may sue nations and governments for high compensation payments if laws reduce their profit expectations. This influence on legislation would be incompatible with principles of the rule of law and it is immoral.

Dear Madame Chancellor, we are therefore appealing to you to take a different political course, and to use your considerable influence to halt the TTIP negotiations. Rather than the TTIP and its risks and dangers to the common good we need a different orientation of policy. We are standing at the crossroads in many areas of society.

As an alternative to TTIP, it is essential to launch important future-oriented projects for a sustainable and viable society. Due to our responsibility as physicians and scientists, and as fathers and mothers, we therefore request:

* the creation of a social framework for responsible environmental resource management and its political implementation,

* a consistent policy of GMO-free agriculture,

* increased support for organic farming and organic farming research; the current minimal funding of organic farming is ecologically harmful and irresponsible towards future generations,

* further development and implementation of the precautionary principle and improvements of appropriate standards for the reduction of health hazards caused by unhealthy food and environmental pollution,

* that in matters relating to risk assessment and standardisation of products and processes, important environmental and health committees are made up of scientists independent of industry; the promotion of industry-independent research in these areas,

* privacy policy and digital humanism rather than a surveillance state,

* sovereignty in cultural policy and its promotion,

* measures promoting a just society: the reduction of poverty among children and the elderly as well as the – between childhood and old age poverty – continuously growing working poverty; prevention of tax evasion; regulation of the financial sector; public accountability and responsibility for key areas of public services – health, education, water, housing, mobility, etc.

In our striving to achieve a sustainable and viable society, we appeal to you to halt the secret TTIP negotiations.

Dear Madame Chancellor, our Constitution calls on you to prevent harm to the German people: We appeal to you to do this for us, our children and grandchildren.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Frank Kaltenborn (Initiator), Marburg, keinttip@staff.uni-marburg.de
Prof. Dr. Monika Krüger, Leipzig, mkrueger@vetmed.uni-leipzig.de
Dr. Martha Mertens, München, mertens@biodiv.de
PD Dr. Johannes Maria Becker, Marburg, becker1@staff.uni-marburg.de

Website: http://kritik-freihandelsabkommen.de/

Pabst Science Publishers (Lengerich/Westfalen) veröffentlicht zehn psychologische und neun medizinische Fachzeitschriften; darüber hinaus erscheinen bei Pabst aus den gleichen Fachbereichen mehr als hundert Bücher jährlich - teils wissenschaftliche Spezialtitel, teils allgemeinverständliche Fachliteratur.

Pabst Science Publishers
Eichengrund 28
49525 Lengerich
Tel. 05484-308
Fax 05484-550
E-Mail: pabst.publishers@t-online.de
Internet: www.pabst-publishers.de / www.psychologie-aktuell.com

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Physicians and scientists are warning against damaging current European environmental and health standards here

News-ID: 291920 • Views: 4172

More Releases from Pabst Science Publishers

Health literacy: How to improve health behaviors
Health literacy is defined as "people´s knowledge, motivation and competences to access, understand, appraise and apply information to make judgements and take decisions in everyday life healthcare concerning disease prevention and health promotion to maintain and improve quality of life during the life course." In a new volume Anne-Kathrin Mayer and colleagues shed light on the concept of health literacy from different disciplines: psychology, educational sciences, health sciences and
Health literacy: how to improve the advantages and to reduce the risks
The new volume "Health literacy across the lifespan" stresses the importance of health literacy for changing multiple health-risk-factors. Anne-Kathrin Mayer and colleagues shed light on a concept from different disciplines: psychology, educational sciences, health sciences and public health, communication sciences, and information sciences. It is undisputed that health is strongly influenced by individual efforts aimed at the promotion of health and the prevention of illness or recovery from diseases. These
Directed deceased donation: beyond the impartial allocation system
"Within a pluralistic account of morality, partial values have a merit of their own and should be assessed in their own terms. These values are extremely relevant in the field of organ transplantation, but are misunderstood at a political level where partiality is put at par with injustice, and where fairness is exclusively taken as impartial justice." Dr. Medard Hilhorst (Erasmus Medical University Rotterdam) argues "that partial values are fundamental
Transplantation: Prisoners are killed for their organs in China
Transplantation: China is the only country in the world systematically using organs from prisoners for transplantation, Professor Huige Li reports. For over 40 years, executed prisoners were used as the main organ source in China. It´s a profitable international business. A number of Chinese Hospitals claimed that they could provide liver transplants in the time range between 3 to 30 days. The report appeared in "Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects

All 5 Releases


More Releases for TTIP

Titanium (IV) Isopropoxide (CAS 546-68-9) Market Is Supposed To Grow At a CAGR o …
Titanium (IV) Isopropoxide (CAS 546-68-9) also commonly referred to as titanium tetraisopropoxide or TTIP, is a chemical compound with the formula Ti{OCH(CH3)2}4. This alkoxide of Titanium (IV) is used in organic synthesis and materials science. It is a diamagnetic tetrahedral molecule. It is prepared by treating titanium tetrachloride with isopropanol. The structures of the titanium alkoxides are often complex. Crystalline titanium methoxide is tetrameric with the molecular formula Ti4(OCH3)16. Alkoxides
Can Current Soil Testing Labs Meet Growth in the Organic Farming Industry?
Once considered a niche product, organic produce sales are on the march. Today's health-conscious consumers are willing to pay a premium for the perceived quality benefits of organic foods, which are poised to grab additional market share as new industry players, such as Amazon with its acquisition of Whole Foods, enter the retail grocery market. The increasing demand is also driving the need for more organic produce testing by certified
Free Trade Market: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by some, …
HTF Market Intelligence released a new research report of 47 pages on title 'Global Free Trade: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by some, and highly desired by others’ with detailed analysis, forecast and strategies. The study covers key regions that includes North America, Europe or Asia and important players Request a sample report @ https://www.htfmarketreport.com/sample-report/437135-global-free-trade Summary Global Free Trade: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by some, and highly desired
Global Free Trade: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by some, …
Free trade, as a method of economic development and as an ideal, is in a state of flux in 2017. The anti-globalization feeling among many was sufficient to allow one of the largest members of the European Union to leave. The USA has pulled out of a major free trade treaty and all but killed off another. Free trade deals are enormously complex mechanisms and have been blamed for animosity
Titanium(IV) Isopropoxide (CAS 546-68-9) Market Report for Period 2011 till 2023 …
Global Titanium(IV) Isopropoxide (CAS 546-68-9) market report provides detailed analysis of companies namely Shandong Harriton, Yixing Sunan Petrochemical Auxiliary Co., Taichang Chemical, Nanjing Pinning, Polygel, Zibo Riqi, Jining Jianbang Chemical Co. and Others. This report study includes global market statistics and analysis for example, company performance, historical analysis 2012 to 2016, market forecast 2017 to 2023 in terms of volume, revenue, YOY growth rate, and CAGR for the year 2017
Global Free Trade 2017: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by s …
"Global Free Trade: The fundamental lynchpin of economics is questioned by some, and highly desired by others" The Report covers current Industries Trends, Worldwide Analysis, Global Forecast, Review, Share, Size, Growth, Effect. Description- ** Summary Free trade, as a method of economic development and as an ideal, is in a state of flux in 2017. The anti-globalization feeling among many was sufficient to allow one of the largest members of the European Union