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On October 11, 2014 join the decentralised European Day of Action to stop TTIP, CETA & TiSA!

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What do they stand for?

These upcoming trade deals threaten our already weak democracies and pave the way for an attack on the environment, health systems, food, jobs, public services, digital rights and much more.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (also called TAFTA – Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement) is being negotiated between the US and the EU since July 2013
The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement has already been negotiated between the EU and Canada and is now being finalised
The Trade in Services Agreement is now under negotiation among 50 countries including the EU

Why should we be concerned?

There are many reasons to be concerned and you can find more information about TTIP, CETA & TiSA in the Resources pages in your language.

But the main issues can be summarised as follows.

SECRECY

While corporate lobbyists are playing an integral role in negotiations, the public have been shut out. All negotiators must sign non-disclosure agreements. There is no access to the draft text of the agreement—even for MPs and MEPs—so most of what we know is from leaked documents. Democracy is incompatible with the rule of secrecy!

REGULATORY HARMONISATION

With the excuse of improving trade between the countries, regulations designed to protect the environment, workers’ rights, public services and consumer standards, will be reduced to the minimum common denominator. This will mean for example lower financial regulation in the US and lower standards for food safety or use of chemicals in the EU.

INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

Multinational corporations will have the right to sue governments if laws or regulations are introduced that cause them loss of profits. This would take place through international arbitration channels that completely bypass public courts. This form of private justice undermines the rule of law.

What is being done locally?

Civil society and grassroots activists across Europe have been opposing these deals over the past months by:

Collecting, producing and sharing information through media platforms, meetings and conferences

Organising local and national campaigns and protests

Organising petitions and participating in public consultations

Appealing to Members of the European Parliament and of National Parliaments

Pressuring member states governments to reject the deal

What is being planned internationally?

A new European Citizens Initiative is about to kick off with the aim of repealing the European Union’s negotiating mandate for TTIP and not concluding CETA. The initiative is currently looking for support from citizens and partner organisations across Europe. So far the campaign is already supported by over 100 organisations from 17 EU member states. Please look at the Stop TTIP ECI website for more information.Stop TTIP ECI

Civil society, trade unions, farmers and grassroots activist groups from all over Europe have called for a Day of Action on October 11, 2014 to stop the ongoing free trade negotiations. This website has been set up to help facilitate the organising and promotion of the Day of Action. To keep up-to-date with future developments join the announcements list. To participate actively in the international co-ordination join the organising list.#o11DoA

What can you do?

Organisations, individuals and alliances can participate by organising autonomous decentralised actions across Europe. We welcome diversity of tactics and solidarity actions from across the world that will help inform, engage and mobilise people locally.

On this site you can find the list of events already planned and the list of groups supporting the action. Get in touch with the organisers to find out how to get involved or add your own group and event to the list.

If nothing is planned in your town then why not organise your own event? It only takes a few dedicated people to make a successful action!

If this is the first time you have organised an event like this, here are some tips on how to get started:

 

1.ORGANISE

Find a place for your first meeting.

Then set up a Facebook event page for it and add the meeting details to this website.

Promote the meeting in as many ways as possible: on Facebook, Twitter, via email and with flyers and posters around town.

2. MEET

At the meeting, discuss together what action you would like to do, evaluate the resources and capacity you have as a group and collectively assign tasks to each participants (ex. action logistics, press, social media, outreach,…).

If you are short of ideas, look at what other groups are doing.

3. PROMOTE

Once you decide what to do, let us know. We will do what we can to help promote it!

Promote the action in as many ways as possible: on Facebook, Twitter, via email and with flyers and posters around town.

Here you can find some ideas for graphics. Do you have some to share? Upload them here.

How can you use this site?

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Add your group to the list of supporting groups

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Add details about your planned action

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Add details of meetings of your group

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Tweet about your event or any information related to the Day of Action with the hashtag #O11DoA

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Upload graphics that you have designed so that other groups can use them

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Download graphics  to use for promoting your event

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Translate the European call to action in your own language & send it back to info@stop-ttip-ceta-tisa.eu

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Find, share & amplify information on TTIP, CETA & TiSA

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Link to it from your site and tell others about it as well!

 

We are determined to stop the corporate agenda which is behind these deals. Join us on 11 October, 2014 for a decentralised multi-sectoral European-wide Day of Action.

We can win this battle. Together, let’s roll back corporate power!