WECF signs statement opposing regulatory cooperation in EU-US trade talks
“Regulatory cooperation” in the TTIP negotiations gives unprecedented influence to business lobby groups to stop any new regulation that would impact trade and investment
The latest leaked European Commission position on the “regulatory cooperation” chapter of the TTIP negotiations has heightened our concerns. According to the Commission proposal, US and EU businesses would have a greater say on most laws in Brussels, in EU capitals, in Washington and in US states.
Regulatory cooperation is likely to further delay and even stall stronger protections from toxic chemicals and pesticides. It could also constitute a gradual attack on the precautionary principle, slowly but widely opening doors to GMOs, nanomaterials and endocrine disruptors.
For these reasons, WECF and 168 other civil society organisations urged the negotiators to remove regulatory cooperation from the TTIP negotiations, by signing this statement.
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