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Petitioning The United States Trade Representative Ambassador, Michael Froman

A safe Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership!

by Van Byrd on July 26, 2016


TARGET 2.000 SIGNATURES 1.109 supporters

A trade between the United States and the European Union could weaken government health, environmental and food safety regulations.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will extend beyond the removal of tariffs, to include the opening of markets on investment, services and public procurement. But it appears that the US has attempted to weaken European standards that prevent potentially dangerous products from being marketed when their effect is not yet known. Weakening food standards is very dangerous and could result in contaminated products that are being sold in grocery stores and restaurants.

That worries consumer groups such as Public Citizen, which says the United States and the EU have different regulations because the concerns of their citizens are not the same. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could weaken European and UK regulation in areas including genetically modified crops, chemicals in cosmetics and meat treated with growth hormones, as a result of efforts to align standards between the US, where rules are laxer, and the EU.  For example, EU consumers have voiced stronger objections to genetically modified food than their U.S. counterparts.

Since tariffs between the US and the EU are relatively low, the most difficult part of the upcoming talks will be to reduce regulatory and other "behind-the-border" barriers that impede trade in sectors ranging from agriculture to chemicals, autos and finance.

The Governments maintains it would give a huge boost to business, creating jobs, cutting red tape and opening up new markets. In addition, it will focus on aligning rules and technical product standards which currently form the most important barrier to transatlantic trade.

Please sign this petition and ask the United States Trade Representative Ambassador, Michael Froman to ensure that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is not compromising environmental regulations or food safety standards.

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