Our new statement stresses that the TTIP should not compromise the quality of public services in our cities.
The EU and the US have been negotiating on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) since July 2013. The partnership aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US.
The TTIP will serve as a model for future EU trade agreements with other third parties. The current discussions on the TTIP are very closely connected to the issues of public services, procurement, state aid and investment protection. TTIP provisions impacting on these issues will affect local governments on both sides of the Atlantic.
Our working group on public services has therefore prepared a statement. We emphasise that the TTIP should not lead to a weakening of the standards that are already established in the EU. We underline that cities place a high value on the quality of their public services, and that it is essential that the TTIP ensures that EU social, public health, consumer safety and environment standards are maintained.
In addition, the TTIP must not restrict the freedom of local governments to provide, organise and finance local public services. Cities are concerned about the loss of freedom to make necessary regulatory changes in case they affect international commitments.
Our statement also stresses that the provisions related to public procurement should remain within the framework of the existing EU internal market provisions. The possibility to include environmental, social and fair trade criteria in public tenders should be maintained.
Finally, we believe there is no need to include investor-state-dispute-settlement (ISDS) clauses in the TTIP because national courts in Europe and the US guarantee a sufficiently high standard of legal protection.
You can find our full statement at the link below.
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