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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Transatlantic Partnership: let us not be taken for a ride (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 03 May 2014 13:57:58 +0300


Open markets, deregulation, privatization, to compete, dumb down, outsource production ... It is long, the objective of the European Union. It is this question of broadening the "single market" in the United States, through the Transatlantic Partnership trade and investment, better known under the name of TAFTA. The threat is very serious, the response begins. ---- Negotiated in secrecy since July 2013 between the European Commission and the United States, the transatlantic partnership in trade and investment, better known under the name of TAFTA (for Transatlantic Free Trade Area, English name before being renamed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ) is a time bomb for social rights and productive autonomy of peoples, but also for the health and environmental rules in France and Europe.

The principle of this partnership is very simple: establish a free trade area between the European Union and the United States, facilitating competition and investment in a market of over 800 million people. The goal for the capitalists, is constantly open new markets to maintain their profits and ensure their survival.

To build this great transatlantic market, the Partnership intends to phase out all tariffs and achieve "regulatory compatibility" on both sides of the Atlantic, short of leveling or delete all barriers to trade in order to promote the great American and European groups.

We understand why the industrial and financial lobbies have long been at work for the Partnership, designed to achieve their wildest dreams, early entry into force. And the disastrous social and environmental consequences are already imagine that such a free trade agreement might have.

First on traditional agriculture and the peasantry, under the combined effect of the disappearance of customs protection and weakening health standards, may simply be embedded in U.S. agricultural products (GMO chickens high battery and disinfected with chlorine, etc..) and paid in favor of intensive farming backed by major food groups.

The questioning of a number of environmental regulations may also precipitate the entry of unscrupulous energy firms operating shale gas blithely disregarding the health of the population and safeguarding the environment.

At the same time, this partnership would accelerate the opening up to competition of all public services: the great transatlantic market could also include education, research, transport, healthcare, helping people, the distribution of water or electricity - all areas which, proponents of free trade, are nothing more than market services which meet buyers and sellers.

No need to expand on the dramatic effects of such social regression.

Finally, if this large market would see the day, conflicts between private investors and States would be paid directly by independent arbitrators, completely bypassing the traditional courts. It is this type of dispute that already exists between Canada and the United States and allows the multinational Lone Pine claim in Canada $ 250 million in damages due to the moratorium on the extraction of shale gas decreed in Quebec ...

A fifth round of talks scheduled to open in June 2014 between the European Commission and the United States. The last round of negotiations will take place in December and if we do nothing, the Partnership is intended to emerge in 2015.

To resist this new liberal attack, we call to join the group "Stop Tafta" which multiply and to participate in the European Day of resistance and alternatives May 17, 2014.

We do not want this partnership negotiated by political and economic elites, out of sight of people. We do not want this great transatlantic market for maintaining healthy capitalist system and to satisfy the greed of European and American investors. We do not want the capitalist system where only account implacable law of profit.

Libertarian alternative, April 29, 2014
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