Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Thoughts on the EU/US free trade agreement TTIP?
We got an email this morning calling to our attention the negotiations for a free-trade agreement between the EU and the US (called the Translatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP).
I started reading up on it and was wondering what your thoughts are on this?
Here is the official EU trade commission webpage on TTIP:
Here is an editorial on it in the Zeit:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zeit.de%2F2013%2F50%2Fhandelsabkommen-europa-usa (Google Translated)
And here is Occupy London's take on it, including leaked documents on some of the provisions in the proposed trade agreement:
As a proponent of open source and open gov, I wish there were more public debate and public negotiation of these agreements that have such a great impact on our lives.
But like most international trade agreements, secrecy is the modus operandi and this one is being done behind closed doors.
Any thoughts on the pros vs the cons based on what we know?