General positions of the parties in Ireland to the
‘TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP’ (TTIP)
Against TTIP: Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, PBP/AAA, The Green Party, and the Workers Party are opposed to TTIP.
Concerned regarding ISDS: FF and Labour have highlighted concerns re ISDS but are not totally opposed to TTIP.
In Favour of TTIP: FG and Renua don’t seem to explicitly reference TTIP in their manifestos, but have expressed support for advancing it (re: previous FG policy statements & Renua tweet below).
Details from manifestos:
SINN FEIN: “We will continue to oppose the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the free trade and investment treaty being negotiated between the EU and the USA. TTIP is a bad deal for Irish agriculture as well as for consumers, citizens and workers. The Copenhagen Economics Report commissioned by the Irish government has warned that the State’s beef sector is expected to contract by between one and three percent, equivalent to €25 million-€45 million, as a result of TTIP. Agricultural protection and rural proofing must be a red line issue in the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations.” (See Sinn Fein’s Manifesto under Part 4 Fairness for Farmers Section)
SOCIAL DEMOCRATS: “OPPOSE THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP”
“TTIP presents very serious concern for the Social Democrats. While we support the removal of unnecessary barriers to trade where they bring benefits to sustainable economic growth and job creation, we do not consider consumer protections and product standards as barriers to be removed. We recognize the threat the regulatory coordination principles contained in the draft agreement make for very hard won standards and citizen protections in how products are manufactured and sold. We do not support the watering down of consumer protections under any circumstances. Furthermore the proposed Investor State Resolution mechanism appears to give undue influence and power to large corporations in determining public policy. The Social Democrats strongly believe that these provisions, as proposed, represent a threat to the proper democratic functioning of national parliaments and the rights of governments to determine policy in the interests of the people alone. We also consider the secrecy of the process to be fundamentally undemocratic. We would therefore not support TTIP.” (See Social Democrat’s Policies pg 41 )
PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT (and AAA): “Will withdraw from negotiations on TTIP/CETA/TiSA/EU-Singapore treaties. These treaties will lead to privatisation of vital public services and result in job losses. They enable corporations to rewrite legislation to sue the tax-payer for compensation where regulations negatively impact profit.” (See pg 11 at PbP’s Manifesto)
GREEN PARTY: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as currently designed will be a major retrograde step. This was a deal designed for and by global corporations with little or no benefits for the citizen. TTIP threatens us with lower food standards, fracking in rural Ireland, and intervention by multinational corporations in our health and education sectors. Mobilise against TTIP, in particular the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism as an affront to the democratic process” (See Green Party Manifesto pg 7-8 )
THE WORKERS PARTY: “The so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently being negotiated in total secrecy by the EU and the USA. If allowed to pass it will be one of the most dangerous and damaging events for workers and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. TTIP aims to supersede the laws and economic regulations of individual states, and to punish those governments that fail to comply with the demands of international capital in courts staffed by corporate lawyers – the so-called Inter-State Dispute Resolution Mechanism.
TTIP seeks to transform the nature of labour relations for the sole benefit of the employer, by weakening the rules on health and safety both for workers and consumers, as well as environmental laws. Under TTIP large international companies would be able to take control of the provision of essential public services such as health, education and water supply, and much else besides, purely in the interests of making profit and with no concern for the public good. Therefore the Workers’ Party is totally opposed to the ratification of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).” (See Workers Party International Policies)
FIANNA FAIL: “Support a fair Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement Fianna Fáil supports the principle of removing barriers to trade. This is essential for Ireland to be successful. However, we also believe that trade deals must be fair and must protect the position of states which aim to ensure high living and employment standards. An ambitious and comprehensive TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement between the EU and United States has the potential to add up to 10,000 jobs to the Irish economy across a wide range of businesses. However there are a number of issues that cannot be compromised around food standards and investor-state-dispute-settlement (ISDS) mechanisms to protect Irish interests before full support can be given.
We will: – Defend and ensure that EU standards are not up for negotiation. In particular, we recognise the importance of maintaining the high standard of food safety in Europe. Fianna Fáil will only support a TTIP deal which fully upholds food safety standards to the highest levels. – Work at an EU level to reform the ISDS proposals.
– Ensure all companies benefit from the opportunities opened up by the trade deal by working with the European Commission and member states to facilitate the participation of SMEs’ in transatlantic trade after the agreement takes effect. ” (pg 14 Fianna Fail’s Manifesto)
LABOUR: “We will support social democratic efforts to reform the investor state dispute resolution mechanism within the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership. In this way we can ensure that member states enjoy benefits of free trade with North America, without running the risk of undermining our essential consumer protections.” (See pg 119 at Labour Party’s Manifesto )
FINE GAEL: Supportive of TTIP from outset, as are the EPP grouping in which FG MEPs sit in the EP – no explicit reference in the FG manifesto that I can see from an initial skim – just this section on Trade Negotiations”
“Fine Gael will safeguard Ireland’s defensive and offensive interests in the context of any future international trade negotiations. We will ensure that our national interests are protected in any future trade discussions, with particular focus on beef and food safety standards. We will work with the European Commission and our strong network of colleagues across the European People’s Party to ensure the best possible outcome for Ireland in any future negotiations.” (See pg: 16-17 at Fine Gael’s Manifesto)
RENUA IRELAND Verified account@RENUAIreland: On support of TTIP: “Absolutely. We are a pro-Business party. Ireland stands to gain more than any other EU state.” @LCreighton 4:54 AM – 15 Dec 2015