The platform ‘No al TTIP Mallorca’, as the leader of the campaign against the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and ISA (a specific services agreement) in Mallorca, has requested that the President of the Balearic government, Francina Armengol, immediately creates this parliamentary study group and shows willing to maintain a working meeting with a government delegation to help kick-start the group’s tasks and actively work together.
The general public has a right to know what repercussions the TTIP and CETA would have on their lives.
The platform has reported on repeated occasions that the secretive negotiations gravely infringe on the public’s right to know. There’s no doubt that such a lack of transparency aims to hide information in order to avoid any sort of opposition before the agreements are approved.
The cuts to workers’ rights, the privatisation of public services, the editing of laws in favour of big business, the relaxing of environmental and health policies, and the promotion of large food and agriculture companies to the detriment of small enterprises are just some of the effects the agreements would have on our lives.
And in the case of the Balearics specifically, according to information that has reached us from the negotiations, the harmonisation of legislation between the USA and the EU could mean the end of designations of origin and seals of quality that add extra value to our agriculture, as well as opening the door to GMO crops in a huge way and a farming model in which we won’t be able to compete. Big petroleum companies will be able to sue the Balearic government through private arbitration courts for opposing exploratory oil drilling that will affect the Balearic Islands. Public administrations won’t be able to prefer local businesses in their purchasing contracts. These are just a few examples of how the international agreements could directly affect us on the islands.
Therefore, their approval would mean total submission to the policies of quality reduction applied in the USA, harming the quality standards currently applicable in Europe.
On 17 February 2016, the PODEMOS and MÉS parliamentary groups, with the support of ‘No al TTIP Mallorca’, presented a non-legislative motion against the TTIP’s current negotiation process to the Balearic Parliament’s Committee for Institutional and General Affairs, which was also approved with votes from the PSIB-PSOE, the PI and Gente por Formentera after various negotiations. The approved resolution asks the Balearic government, to, among other things, create a study group looking at the effects of the TTIP on the Balearics in relation to labour, health, society, environment and consumer protection. During the debate, it was possible to see how all the political forces, except the Partido Popular, showed their suspicion and mistrust of the way in which the agreement negotiations are being carried out.
La Plataforma No al TTIP Mallorca está integrada por las entidades: AMICS DE LA TERRA, AMS (Assemblea de Moviments Socials de Mallorca), Assemblea Sobiranista de Mallorca, Associació FeM-Dones per la Feina, Assemblea Republicana, ATENEU PERE MASCARÓ, ATTAC-Mallorca, CCOO Illes Balears, CGT Balears, CRIDA, Dignitat i Solidaritat-ADIS, Ecoxarxa Mallorca, ENDAVANT, ENTREPOBLES-Mallorca, ESQUERRA UNIDA Illes Balears, FEMINISTES EN ACCIÓ, FÒRUM CIUTADÀ, GOB, Grupo de Educadores de Calle y Trabajo con Menores (GREC), JUBILATS PER MALLORCA, La Defensa, Lobby Dones per Mallorca, MÉS per Mallorca, PADRINES I PADRINS FLAUTES, PAH Mallorca, Partido X. Mallorca, PODEMOS, S’ALTRA SENALLA, STEI Intersindical, UcxR, UGT.