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Chamber and committees

Trade Deals, TTIP and Democracy

  • Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 April 2015
  • Motion reference: S4M-13029

That the Parliament believes that people elect and empower their parliaments and governments to make decisions about laws, public services and regulatory standards; considers that many of the proposals being negotiated as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) undermine this democratic principle and hand too much power to corporate interests; believes that democratic authority should not be constrained by a trade deal; rejects the need for an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism; calls for greater transparency and access to EU-US texts during the negotiations; understands with concern that regulatory cooperation proposals will allow important controversial issues to be dealt with in even less accountable ways; believes that the economic case is not made, and calls for the European Parliament and the European Commission to protect the ability of national parliaments to protect the public and the environment without fear of legal action.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Christian Allard, Jayne Baxter, Roderick Campbell, Bruce Crawford, Graeme Dey, Nigel Don, Bob Doris, Jim Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Cara Hilton, Adam Ingram, Alison Johnstone, Richard Lyle, Kenny MacAskill, Angus MacDonald, Gordon MacDonald, Ken Macintosh, Mike MacKenzie, Stewart Maxwell, Joan McAlpine, Mark McDonald, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Duncan McNeil, Elaine Murray, Dennis Robertson, Alex Rowley, Elaine Smith, Kevin Stewart, Dave Thompson, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White, John Wilson