With the negotiation of new trade deals by the European Commission finally under way, Luke Ming Flanagan welcomed the good news. The Commission negotiate said deal on behalf of the EU as a whole and the likes of TTIP (USA), CETA (Canada), and Mercosur (South America).
Luke ‘Ming’ said that the proposed deals are of vital importance, and will directly affect the lives of each and every one of us. He said the European Commission have purposely kept the proposed deals on the quiet as they “think they know what’s best for us” while also suggesting the democracy within the EU is “a nuisance”.
Yesterday saw the ruling by the European court of Justice (ECJ) which scuppered proposed deals made by the Commission. This follows the ECJ’s ruling last week, that the Commission were at fault for ignoring the Citizens Initiative on TTIP and CETA. The commission ignored over 3 million people who had signed the initiative from member states from all over the EU. Flanagan stated that the Commission had decided “this didn’t matter, that those same citizens had no rights in the area of trade negotiations.
Mr. Flanagan informed us that the ECJ also informed us of its decision with regards the proposed test case agreement with Singapore. The European Court of Justice issued this press release with regards the deal ‘The free trade agreement with Singapore cannot, in its current form, be concluded by the European Union alone. The provisions of the agreement relating to non-direct foreign investment and those relating to dispute settlement between investors and States (the so-called ISDS clauses) do not fall within the exclusive competence of the European Union, so that the agreement cannot, as it stands, be concluded without the participation of the Member States.’
This means, according to Mr. Flanagan, that because all deals negotiated (TTIP, CETA and others) contain Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses they will now have to be voted on and approved by each individual Member state.
He says this doesn’t mean the battle to end said trade deals has concluded. He suggests it is about much more than trade but more about ‘removing our protections in fields of labour, food quality, public services…and about facilitating the greediest of the MNC’s in the drive to reduce governments abilities to legislate on behalf of the people’.
He concluded by saying that this is in fact mostly “good news, very good news” for the people and now sets the target for the people concerned with the above-mentioned deals to continue the fight for justice within our countries. Although he did mention that The Irish government are likely to appeal the decision of the ECJ, suggesting they ‘stand four-square with the commission’ on the trade deals.