Plenary speech on negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Today, Marietje Schaake spoke in the plenary debate about the ongoing negotiations on a trade and investment partnership between Europe and the United States (TTIP). On Wednesday, the European Parliament will vote on a report on TTIP from the International Trade committee. Marietje Schaake, on behalf of the ALDE Group Mr President, there is not a Member in this House who did not contribute to this resolution on TTIP, informed by the daily discussions with citizens, civil society organisations, SMEs and companies. Their many wishes, but also concerns, are reflected in this intensive stocktaking. Is it a perfect text for our group? No, but it is important that this House sends a strong message to the negotiators, and cooperation requires some compromise. I would like to remind our Socialist and Democrat friends of that as well. The text we have agreed maps out what we believe a good TTIP should look like. I am sure it is not the last debate we will have on TTIP and the state of play of the negotiations, which will probably last years more. We call on you, Commissioner, to get clear results from the US side, as results are the best way to demystify and clarify, while not, of course, replacing transparency initiatives, which we also encourage you to take more of. Concretely, we need market access for EU companies in the US, government procurement at all levels, and an end to protectionist measures that seriously restrict the space for our businesses, notably in the transport sector. We need benefits for SMEs so they can more easily expand business across the Atlantic. Most growth in the global economy is foreseen as coming outside of Europe. We are happy to see developing economies succeed, but we must avoid a race to the bottom and do not believe in development and growth at any cost without respect for people and the planet. Our environmental, food safety, labour and other standards are cherished and cannot be lowered. We will also remind you of your commitments on public services. It is key that Europe lead in strengthening rules-based trade globally. We need progress in finding a solution to the outdated ISDS mechanism which, frankly, has no fans left. I support your plans for an international court and hope the Member States and other countries, including the US, can be convinced that this is the way forward. A lot of work remains to be done on the road to a good result from the negotiations. I hope we can all intensify our outreach and discussions to engage with stakeholders so that we have a well-informed and interactive debate.
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