Advocates concerned about weak environmental & sustainable development protections in EU-US trade deal, based on leaked documents
Author: Arthur Neslen, Guardian (UK), Published on: 26 October 2015
"TTIP: EU negotiators appear to break environmental pledge in leaked draft", 23 Oct 2015
The EU appears to have broken a promise to reinforce environmental protections in a leaked draft negotiating text submitted in the latest round of TTIP talks in Miami. In January, the bloc promised to safeguard green laws, defend international standards and protect the EU’s right to set high levels of environmental protection, in a haggle with the US over terms for a free trade deal. But a confidential text seen by the Guardian and filed in the sustainable development chapter of negotiations earlier this week contains only vaguely phrased and non-binding commitments to environmental safeguards...The document does recognise a “right of each party to determine its sustainable development policies and priorities”. But lawyers say this will have far weaker standing than provisions allowing investors to sue states that pass laws breaching legitimate expectations of profit...