WE ARE OPPOSING TTIP
Dave Taylor :
Mayor of York (United Kingdom)
Pedro Santisteve Roche :
Mayor of Zaragoza (Spain), 58 years old
Elected mayor of Zaragoza in 2015, Pedro Santisteve as a member of Zaragoza en Comùn (supported by Podemos). He declared his city as a TTIP and CETA-free zone to oppose them. Indeed, these treaties are going against the re-municipalisation process promoted by many progressive mayors in Spain. Moreover, TTIP and CETA threatens public water services as well as many other key public services.
Bob Winter :
Mayor of Glasgow (United Kingdom), 79 years old
Glasgow is one of the biggest cities in Scotland. On December 2014, the city council unanimously approuved a motion to declare the city as a TTIP and CETA-free zone.
Following this huge victory, many other cities across the UK joined the movement and have also been declared TTIP and CETA-free zones.
Carine Petit :
Mayor of Paris 14th district (France), 42 years old
Carine Petit is mayor of the 14th district of Paris and member of the French Socialist Party.
She stand against TTIP and CETA and signed several open letters to publicly demand the end of CETA and the respect of democracy.
Carlos Pinto De Sà :
Mayor of Évora (Portugal), 55 years old
Carlos Pinto De Sà is not only mayor of Évora. He is also economist. Thanks to his two positions, he well know the consequences of TTIP and CETA at the local level.
Évora is located in the Alentejo region, well know as an agricultural area. TTIP and CETA are threats for farmers as they will lower the production standards and put small scale producers into competition with huge farming groups on the other side of the Atlantic.
Massimo Zedda :
Mayor of Cagliari (Italy), 40 years old
As the mayor of Cagliari, a beautiful city in South of Sardinia, Massimo Zedda knows how both TTIP and CETA are dangerous for the environment and for local economy.
Small scale producer are threatens by these agreements, as well as the geographical indications that protect regional specialities quality.
Stavros Argeitakos :
Mayor of Sparta (Greece)
In Greece, people know well how trade and economical policies can deeply impact citizen and people's life. For this reaseon Stavros Argeitakos, as well as many other mayors, cities and regions in Greece decided to stand against CETA.
Manuela Carmena :
Mayor of Madrid (Spain), 72 years old
In June 2015, Madrid elected Manuela Carmena as its mayor. The retired Spanish lawyer, emeritus judge of the Spanish Supreme Court launched a pack of progressive policies in her city.
As well, she worked to declare the Spanish capital as a TTIP and CETA-free zone. Both TTIP and CETA are threats to the local representatives' capacity to take progressive policies for the goods of their citizens.
Eberhard Van der Laan :
Mayor of Amsterdam (Netherlands), 61 years old
Eberhard Van der Laan is mayor of the Dutch capital since july 2010.
On July 2015, Amsterdam city council rejected the project of Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms contained in both TTIP and CETA.
Ada Colau :
Mayors of Barcelona (Spain), 42 years old
Ada Colau is Mayor of Barcelona, the Catalan capital. As a progressive mayor, she defends the right to the city and public services access to all citizens. For this reason she and her city express major concerns as regards TTIP and CETA.
This is why, in April 2016, she invited mayors from all over Europe to gather in Barcelona for the 1st European Meeting of Local Authorities and the New Generation of Free Trade Agreements where the Barcelona Declaration has been adopted.
Since then, the Catalan city has been proactive in the opposition to CETA, calling other mayors to sign a joint open letter and taking part to the Citizens' CETA Summit held in Brussels in Oct. 2016.
Eric Piolle :
Mayor of Grenoble (France), 43 years old
Eric is Mayor of Grenoble, in France. Since the beginning of his mandate, he took progressive policies for his city. One of them was to remunicipalise the water supply service.
Just as many other progressive cities in Europe, Grenoble expressed many concerns as regards TTIP and CETA.
For these reasons, the city signed the Barcelona Declaration and pledged to host the 2nd European meeting of Local Authorities and the New Generation of Free Trade Agreements early 2017.
Manu Chao :
Singer, 55 years old
Hey Mister Obama looks like they suggested you to like my music !
So I suggest you to support our fights also !
NO TO TTIP !!!! NO TO TTIP !!!!!
C’mon everybody repeat after me :
NO ME GUSTA TTIP! NO ME GUSTA TTIP !!!
c’mon mister president ! sing with us !!!!
NO ME GUSTA TTIP! NO ME GUSTA TTIP !!!
What a great hopefull song !!!!!
Vie Féminine :
Grassroots feminist collective, Brussels (Belgium)
Negotiated in a non-democratic way, this treaty could weaken the States and jeopardise social, sanitary and environmental achievements, this will strongly impact womens' rights.
These deals will impact several sectors such as medicines or cleaning products for instance. Many women work in these economic sectors, so they would risk facing more and more toxic substances that could endanger their health.
If TTIP and CETA are adopted, they will considerably impact citizens, workers, consumers' lifes and rights, especially for women. So the women member of “Vie Féminine” get involved, debate, inform, occupy public spaces and declare themselves “un-treatyble”.
(From MOC Brussels)
Gilles LEPROUST :
Mayor (PCF-FdG), Allonnes en Sarthe (France)
TTIP forms part of the process started with the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services) that we already fought ten year ago!
This kind of deals are about destroying everything that could stop the whole human activities’ commodification. Many various fields are in question: the access to medicines and health precautions; Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS); guaranteed minimum wage; food safety and quality; public services; cultural creation; consumers’ protection; copyrights; savings…
It’s a neoliberal global attack! TTIP aims to level the rules and standards — be global, European, national or local ones — on those set by powerful corporations who only want to increase their profit margins without taking the consumers and users into account.
I’m quite optimistic regarding the stop TTIP mobilisation. It’s beyond the traditional political divisions. Allonnes’ council unanimously adopted an anti-TTIP resolution from all parts of the political spectrum.
The number of local authorities, citizens, famous personalities, associations and trade unions opposing TTIP is increasing. Right minded journalists also started to write editorials highlighting the risks TTIP induces!
Simultaneously, actions like the national mobilisation to defend and develop public services made last summer in Guéret, as well as the involvement of over 20,000 local authorities against state endowment’s decrease, are also actions against the threats on services provided to inhabitants and citizens. So, they’re also useful in acting against TTIP!
Javier Lechón :
Librarian, Barcelona (Spain)
Fortunately, we do not live in a completely uniform world yet, and people from Europe and America do not have the same culture or traditions.
TTIP and CETA sponsors claim that "harmonization" of laws on both sides of the Atlantic will be a great deal that will benefit everybody. However, where lobbies see non-tariff barriers, I see protection for the commons and the sovereignty of the peoples over their lives.
Internationalism is compatible with the defense of local cultures and the dialogue between civilizations, but global capitalism is not, because it imposes the standardization of life to accelerate sales. Removing national legislation that promotes and protects the local culture will enable transnationals to dominate on the market, and it will add more difficulties to artists and local enterprises to survive.
In the end, this will undermine the cultural diversity that we have nowadays.
Moreover, as a librarian who longs for free and well informed societies, I am concerned about the impacts that this new generation of free trade agreements may have on privacy and freedom on internet.
Alberto Álvarez :
Taxi driver, Barcelona (Spain)
I am against TTIP and CETA because they will allow multinational corporations to take advantage of their enormous economic strength and their political influence to sidestep the law and take over the markets, this will make harder for smaller companies to compete.
Deregulation of services and multinationals like Uber will undermine labour conditions of professionals who will need to lower their taxi fares and work much longer to pay their fees and assurances compulsory for them. This type of transnationals not only dump prices but also they usually operate in tax havens, therefore they do not pay the same taxes as small enterprises and as freelance workers.
Free trade agreement is an euphemism, as it is collaborative economy, they use tricky words and lies to make people believe that they will benefit everybody. Quite the opposite, they impoverish the population and the countries. Even if the promises of TTIP and CETA were true and liberalization of services would push down prices, how would people be able to consume if wages were lower and unemployment rate higher?
Ralf Liebers :
Engineer and retired Air Force Officer Sankt Augustin (Germany)
A new generation of the so-called "Free"-Trade-Agreements endangers the rights of parliaments by threatening the states to file a suit for compensation for any loss of profit due to new laws or rules. Moreover CETA and TTIP have terms of 20 years and another 20 years after termination. Due to the legal construction of the EU no single nation is able to terminate these contracts. The only way for one state to get rid of them would be by bailing out completely from the EU. I will fight any contract lasting for ever or even for generations.
Don't sign such agreements!
Market has to follow the rules of democracy, never the other way round!!
Lisa Muhr & Igor Sapic :
SME entrepreneurs "Göttin des Glücks" (Austria)
We need the courage to set political limits that restrict unfair competition for entrepreneurs. If we want to be serious about leaving a livable future on this planet for our children and the coming generations, we need to rethink our concept of economy NOW.
Not only in numbers, also all its ecological, social and ethical components.
TTIP will lead to the exact contrary development, namely to privileges for multinational corporations, without consideration of the common good, negotiated behind closed doors. That is why we as a SME are rejecting TTIP vigorously.
Petra Hemptenmacher :
Diplom-Chemikerin, Troisdorf (Germany)
I oppose TTIP, because it allows economical interests to undermine our democracy.
TTIP will increase the gap between rich and poor within our society as well as between different European countries.
TTIP is only for the benefit of large international corporations.
Dr. Utz Ingo Küpper :
Urbanist, now retired, Köln (Germany)
I am against TTIP and CETA because these treaties aim to undermining local and regional democracy by reducing the rights of elected councils to determine the levels of public utilities and educational services open to all inhabitants.
TTIP/CETA are also an attack on social, ecological and health standards set by legitimate elected bodies in our representative democracies.
These treaties will if they become effective only serve large international firms and capital accumulation processes around the world and impoverish and frustrate local and regional societies which must be supported to live in their own socio-economical and ecological fabric and not submitted to a radical international free-market economy.
Barbara Volhard :
Teacher, now retired, Freiburg (Germany)
My name is Barbara Volhard, I am an 81-year-old retired teacher from Freiburg, Germany, and the sign I am carrying on this photo says: “Danger for democracy through free trade: TTIP-CETA-TiSA: we are being deceived!”
Having grown up in Nazi-Germany I feel responsible for preserving democracy both in my country and in Europe.
As TTIP/CETA/TiSA will destroy democracy and prevent governance protecting people, nature and climate I have to fight against them.
Christine Pichler-Brix :
Chairwoman, ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria, (Austria)
TTIP, CETA and the like are a threat to the non-industrial agriculture in Austria and Europe. The actual practices of agriculture and trade are already increasingly destroying our livelihood: Washed out soils, soil compaction, monocultures, decreasing biodiversity, GMOs, increased use of pesticides, factory animal farming, a decline in numbers of farmers, and so on.
The so called “free trade agreements” are serving only the interests of international corporations and big agri-business and and are reinforcing the mentioned negative developments.
More than ever we need a trade and agricultural policy that is serving the needs of all people on this planet, that is securing the existence of farmers and that is putting a respectful and sustainable treatment of our environment in the center of its considerations: Food sovereignty not free trade!