Imagine a world where social and environmental standards - such as labor rights, food safety rules, privacy laws, banking safeguards and chemical regulations in agriculture - are considered barriers rather than safety measures.
Imagine a world where foreign investors can directly sue any government for policies and regulations that block corporate access to profit. Even if those policies and regulations are in the interest of citizens and the environment.
Imagine a world where norms of commerce are standardized across nations – thus weakening the individual voice of voters within a given country.
This world already exists, and it is now about to unfurl on Europe.
In July of 2014 I took a trip to Brussels – the capital of the “old continent” and the city where Europe’s sovereign power has been concentrated. One of the biggest topics of discussion on the European round-table is the TAFTA or TTIP trade agreement, currently being negotiated between Brussels and Washington behind closed doors in what many consider the most undemocratic of ways. The widespread economic growth and bounteous job creations promised by TAFTA proponents may be nothing more than a utopian pipe dream – arguments used to appease citizens who have thus far been excluded from negotiation details. Opponents to the agreement, on the other hand, see a TAFTA induced Europe as one that reflects the “imaginary” world evoked above.
This album is the opportunity to share a few images of Brussels and to draw attention to the TAFTA/TTIP agreements. Please feel free to check out the links below for more information on these treaties.
John Hilary. The TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: http://rosalux.gr/sites/default/files/publications/ttip_web.pdf
European Commission. About TTIP: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/about-ttip/
War on Want. Trade Justice: http://waronwant.org/campaigns/trade-justice
What is the TTIP? (video-short): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4OQeekSD6s
ΤΤΙP: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (video-long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVs0aGCGEAk
The Sierra Club. The Truth Behind TTIP: http://www.sierraclub.org/Trade/truth-behind-ttip
Investor-state dispute settlement: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/DocServer/TTIP_Investment_Letter_Final.pdf?docID=14701
Le Monde. Comprendre le traité TAFTA en 5 questions (vidéo) : http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/video/2014/05/22/comprendre-la-tafta-en-cinq-questions_4424080_4355770.html
Collectif Stop Tafta. Le grand marché transatlantique, de quoi s’agit-il ? : https://www.collectifstoptafta.org/IMG/pdf/tafta_tract_new_pages.pdf
Le TAFTA expliqué en quelques minutes (vidéo) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AXPpS5n_gE
ATTAC. Se mobiliser contre le TAFTA: https://france.attac.org/se-mobiliser/le-grand-marche-transatlantique/
H Λίζα, ο Τομ, ο Τζο και η ΤΤΙP (βίντεο) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L3VQ_K3S84
Διατλαντική εταιρική σχέση εμπορίου και επενδύσεων: http://rosalux.gr/sites/default/files/publications/john_hilary_-_ttip.pdf