The European Commission has today released new documents outlining its position on key aspects of the EU-US trade negotiations – including regulatory cooperation and good regulatory practices. Friends of the Earth Europe has reacted that the new texts confirms fears that democratically-agreed laws put in place to protect the environment and human health could come under attack as part of the TTIP negotiations and in a context of growing attacks on regulations through the so-called 'Better Regulation' agenda.
Paul de Clerck, Friends of the Earth Europe's trade spokesperson, said: "While this new proposal on regulatory cooperation differs in several aspects from the earlier text tabled by the EU, it confirms one thing: the European Commission's continuous push towards weakening environmental, health, safety and consumer standards to increase corporate profits. If agreed, the proposals would further enshrine big business influence on decision-making, while undermining the power of the European and national parliaments."
Since the beginning of the EU-US trade negotiations, 'regulatory cooperation' has been a centrepiece of the planned agreement. Following significant criticisms, the European Union has adjusted its position, although Friends of the Earth Europe believes the most dangerous aspects remain.