“King the spd at ttip”

Paper of the European Deputy Bernd Lange calls ISDS arbitration only "not necessary", Critique of Grunen and Left

The signs that the Social Democrats in the European Parliament were able to vote for the controversial TTIP trade agreement with the US. A few days ago, the SPD MEP published published Bernd Lange’s design of a report that is no longer a clear NO to private arbitration sites, but only as "not necessary" designated. The arbitration dishes, which decide three private laws on high damages of companies from companies to states, are the one-off part of the TTIP Agreement. They are seen from wide circles of the population and also by some unions as a threat to democracy.

A year ago, the SPD politician asked the EU Commission to completely renounce an investor state investor protection (ISDS). At the suggestion of a negotiation break at ISDS of the former EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht explained long in January 2014: "The EU Commission must now be consistent and not only put a negotiation break, but delete this tarpaulin from its negotiation agenda."

The SPD MEP recalled the attempt of the Energy Group Vattenfall, Germany to sue because of the nuclear phase-out to 3.7 billion euros (now 4.7 billion) damages. "A special for investors in states with reliable and developed legal systems we reject social democrats", declared long at that time.

In the meantime, Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) has recognized that he is ready to accept investor protection. In the non-ratified, but already completed CETA trading contract with Canada (Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement) is already included in the investor protection. If this contract should be ratified, the critic fledged was able to become a praisia for ISDS in the TTIP agreement. The EU will hardly refuse the US what they had granted Canada.

CETA contract text (PDF). The Left Party Group in the Bundestag has a central chapter of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada from the Language Service of the Bundestag.

"Here is very well prepared a buckling of social democrates", The Trading Expert of Grunen in the EU Parliament, Franziska Keller, explained upon request. Bernd Lange weak "Also in Gabriel’s interest" clearly a SPD position, that has already been suggested for a few weeks. In addition, she was not lacking that long in the paper by the core standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) was moved, to which the EU Parliament has always laid very rough value. Of the eight nuclear standards of the ILO, the US has so far adopted two only two, including the ban on child labor only enrolled. Of course, however, the Grune Members said that the EU Commission will only increase the ILO standards in TTIP against coarse constant.

Criticism also comes from the left faction in the EU Parliament. Long report design Unfortunately, the argumentation of the EU Commission divided by Minister of Economic Minister Gabriel, it is merely about renewing the ISDS procedure in some points, the deputy Helmut Scholz explained, member of the trade committee, on request. But he pointed out that there is enough for the paper for the paper, in TTIP there is no ISDS. Position of the Left Faction is the unambiguous rejection of ISDs in TTIP. This also applies to all other EU trade agreements and its Member States, Scholz.

The Bavarian SPD-MEP Maria Noichl, known as the TTIP critic, did not want to take care of the long report, but emphasized them "Neither for CETA nor for TTIP votes". There is a lot of reason for this, the ISDS special for special allowance is certainly the top of the iceberg, she said on request. She emphasized: "Further, for me, the democracy-driven sections, which are likely to point the parliaments to the barriers, are the most serious crotes that I am not willing to swallow." Sustainable policy, not only pay attention to tree and bees, "but also that political action on behalf of the burger is in full possible in the future".

In a non-observed by the press of the Globalization-Critical Network Attac, the Bremer Universitanistor Andreas Fischer-Lescano came to the conclusion that the ISDS provisions in the CETA Treaty violated both the Basic Law and EU law.

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