Selling Off the Farm: Speakers tour on CETA, TTIP and Trump

Selling Off the Farm: Speakers tour on CETA, TTIP and Trump

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Tour overview

Startling changes have taken place this year in the realm of governance. British citizens voted to leave the European Union, the United States elected Donald Trump for President—an outcome unimaginable for many of us. In Europe, as well as elsewhere, a wave of right wing leaders and parties are moving into positions of power or at least of prominence. In the midst of these political shifts is growing public disenchantment with the neo-liberal project and the free trade agreements that give transnational corporations more rights than governments. Disappointment in elected officials that promise greater equity, but act in favor of corporations; the increasing infringement on democratic processes by free trade treaties crafted for and with corporations—both of these sentiments have also, in part, contributed to these dramatic outcomes.

Another crisis of democracy is taking place right now in the European Parliament. Leaders of the European Parliament tried to push through a vote on the controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently—without a public debate or receiving opinions from important committees such as ENVI (environment) and EMPL (employment) about impacts of CETA on these issues. After a massive public outcry, the parliament had to back track and delayed the vote to February 2017 and agreed to accept the opinions of the two committees that were rightfully adamant about engaging in the CETA debate.

As Corporate Europe Observatory states in The great CETA swindle:

A record 3.5 million people across Europe signed a petition against CETA and its twin agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). European and Canadian trade unions, as well as consumer, environmental and public health groups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) reject the agreement. Constitutional challenges against CETA have been filed in Germany and Canada and the compatibility of CETA’s controversial privileges for foreign investors with EU law is likely to be judged by the European Court of Justice.

Once again—elected officials are failing to listen to their citizens. The ratification is also being fast tracked in the Canadian Parliament.

In the midst of this political context, IATP’s European office, together with European partners, launched a speaking-tour on CETA, TTIP and Trump starting 29 November in Brussels—the seat of the European Parliament. With meetings lined up with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), followed by public events, press conferences and meetings with politicians in Germany, Hungary, France and Poland—the tour will highlight the critical problems with CETA and TTIP for European agriculture. Joining in this endeavor are other European organizations that have set up national level meetings and events to highlight the critical problem with the new generation of agreements such as CETA and TTIP and why they undermine democracy and hurt family farming.

The events start from analysis presented in Selling Off the Farm: Corporate Meat’s Takeover through TTIP (a joint effort of IATP, the Council of CanadiansCompassion in World Farming, German farmers’ organization AbL, and PowerShift, with additional analysis on CETA. IATP’s Sharon Anglin Treat and Shefali Sharma, the report’s co-authors, will explain why these treaties will further consolidate power in the hands of agribusiness and drive down further the prices paid to farmers that are already well below their cost of production.

At stake is the upcoming vote on CETA and the ratification of the treaty in European member states—the fate of CETA could help determine the fate of TTIP. A “Yes” to CETA may lead the Trump administration to reconsider its trade agenda with the EU. A “No” vote may actually put an end to the over-reach of these undemocratic treaties once and for all. It may enable us to create the much needed space for an open debate and thinking about the kind of trade system we want--a system that upholds social justice, environmental principles and the public interest. Will elected officials continue to turn a deaf ear to these critiques and continue to make space for right wing populist forces that promise a mirage of a different reality---or will they have learned their lesson?

See also the statement released by 450 organizations across Europe on CETA, 28th November.

Tour blogs

Read our blog about our Brussels stop.

Read our blog about our Germany stop.

Tour media coverage

Euractiv (English): (This article was also translated into French and German.)
La France Agricole (French)
Taz (German)
MNO (Hungarian) Alfahir (Hungarian)
Pesti Srácok (Hungarian)
EcoLounge (Hungarian)
Karc FM, Hungary Radio Station, story aired December 13, 2016


 


 

 

 

Tour schedule

 

Brussels, Belgium

Read our blog about this stop.

Tuesday, 29 November

11.30–12.30 | Michel Dantin, EPP vice-coordinator AGRI (bio) | European Parliament, Office 13E161
12.30–1.30 | Cross-party event at EP on trade deals given Trump election |

Wednesday, 30 November

8.30 | Paolo de Castro (bio) | European Parliament, Office ASP15G305
9.30–10.00 | Franc Bogovic, Slovenian EPP (bio) | European Parliament, Office ASP 09E246
12.45–13.15 | Meeting with the assistant of Mrs. Miriam Dalli, Ms. Incorvaja, Malta, S&D coordinator (Miriam Dalli bio) | Mickey Mouse Bar, Rue Wiertzstraat 60, 1047 Ixelles
14.00 | Czesław Adam Siekierski, EPP chair AGRI & Albert Dess, EPP coordinator AGRI (bio)


 

Berlin, Germany

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Thursday, 1 December

10.00–11.30 | Press conference for the German launch of "Selling Off the Farm" and CETA | Albrechtshof Weinstube | Press release
11.30–12.00 | Press briefing | Albrechtshof Weinstube
13.00–14.00 | Meeting with Göppel, Alois Gerig, Chair AGRI committee (both CDU/CSU) (Göppel bio,Alois Gerig bio | Nähe unseres Büros - Zugang Unter den Linden 71, Berlin
18.00 | Public Event, Außenwirtschaftsforum | Landesvertretung Bremen, 10785 Berlin, Hiroshimastraße 24

BäuerInnen, Beschäftigte der Lebensmittelwirtschaft und VerbraucherInnen blicken mit Sorge auf die Freihandelsabkommen der EU mit den USA (TTIP) und Kanada (CETA). In einer neuen Studien zeig die Expertin Sharon Treat aus den USA, wie mit diesen Abkommen transnational agierende Agrarkonzerne gestärkt würden und der Wettbewerbsdruck auf die europäische Lebensmittelerzeugung weiter steigen würde. Die Studie zeig unter anderem wie der politische Spielraum für besseren Umwelt-, Gesundheits-, Arbeits- und Verbraucherschutz weiter eingeengt würde – insbesondere durch die neuen Mechanismen für die so genannte „regulatorische Zusammenarbeit“.

Droht für viele weitere Höfe das Aus? Werden die Arbeitsbedingungen in der Fleisch- und Lebensmittelmittelwirtschaft noch unmenschlicher? Drohen Gesundheits-, Tier- und VerbraucherInnenschutz im ruinösen Verdrängungswettbewerb geopfert zu werden? Vor welchen Herausforderungen stehen die Verhandlungen um TTIP mit  Donald Trump? Oder ist alles halb so schlimm – und die Politik reagiert besonnen und zukunftsorientiert?

Darum geht es beim 12. zivilgesellschaftlichen Außenwirtschaftsforum in Berlin – informieren Sie sich, diskutieren Sie mit! 

Programm:

Vorstellung der Studie „Ausverkauf der Landwirtschaft: Agrarkonzerne übernehmen das Ruder mit TTIP“:

  • Shefali Sharma, Handels- und Agrarexpertin IATP Europe

Keynote:

  • Sharon Treat, Beraterin IATP Europe, vormals Abgeordnete im Repräsentantenhaus des US-Bundestaats Maine

Gesprächsrunde mit:

Martin Schulz, Schweineerzeuger und AbL-Bundesvorsitzender Moderation: Jürgen Maier, Geschäftsführer Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung 20:30 Uhr: Empfang Die Veranstaltung findet teils in englischer Sprache statt. Für Übersetzung ist gesorgt. Anmeldung erbeten an: http://www.iatp.org/AWF oder Marie-Kathrin Siemer


 

Friday, 2 December

11.00–11.30 | Matthias Miersch, SPD, Elvira Drobrinski-Weiss, Rainer Spiering, Karin Thiessen (Miersch bio, Drobrinski-Weiss bio, Spiering bio, Thiessen bio) | JKHE433, exit W68


 

Budapest, Hungary

Monday, 5 December

13.00–14.00 | Press conference


 

Paris, France

Tuesday, 6 December

11.00–13.00 | Parliamentary event hosted by French MP Jean-Paul Chanteguet, Président de la commission du développement durable et de l'aménagement du territoire (bio)


 

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wednesday, 7 December

13.00–16.00 | Meetings with Ministry of Agriculture


 

Warsaw, Poland

Thursday, 8 December

11.00–12.30 | Meeting with representatives of the polish farmers organization, (NSZZ RI “Solidarno
12.00–13.00 | Press conference with representatives of unions and press
15.00–16.30 | Meetings with Mirosław Maliszewski, Vice President of AGRI and Rural Areas Committee, President of the Polish Working Union (bio) | Sejm
18.00 | Meeting with the NGOs IFOAM, CIWF, Ecological Farmers Union, members of dialogue group on organic farming, other contacts from Nyéleni | IGO, ul. Noakowskiego - 18-21

 

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