Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quote of the Day (TTIP)

“I do not take my mandate from the European people.”EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström. 

EU commissioners are supposed to follow the elected governments of Europe. Yet the European Commission is carrying on the TTIP negotiations behind closed doors without the proper involvement European governments, let alone MPs or members of the public. British civil servants have admitted that they have been kept in the dark throughout the TTIP talks, and that this makes their job impossible.  A new report from War on Want revealed, Malmström receives her orders directly from the corporate lobbyists that swarm around Brussels. The European Commission makes no secret of the fact that it takes its steer from industry lobbies such as BusinessEurope and the European Services Forum, much as a secretary takes down dictation. It's no wonder that the TTIP negotiations are set to serve corporate interests rather than public needs.

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