3 million+ signatures on petition against TTIP

A European Citizen's Initiative against the TTIP and CETA trade agreements was handed last week to the European Commission in Brussels. Citizen’s Initiative (CI) was a system introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. If a CI gathers a million signatures, the Commission is obliged to respond. This is, however, typical of the false democracy which prevails in the EU: they may respond with an absolute rejection and get away with it. However, it does at least give campaigners something concrete to take on to the streets to explain their case to the public. Three million signatures against the two trade and investment treaties, both of which represent a massive undermining of democracy and further strengthening of corporate capital’s stranglehold on power, is an impressive haul.

In the European Parliament, left Members expressed their delkight at the achievement. Trade policy expert of the United European Left group (GUE/NGL) Helmut Scholz, expressed the group's support for the initiative: "It is extremely significant that European civil society has developed such an outstanding initiative that has gained the support of more than 3 million people,” he said. "The people have expressed that they clearly do not want TTIP or CETA. I urge the European Commission to fully respect the will expressed by a record number of Europeans in this initiative that was truly created by European citizens."

The initiative calls on the institutions of the European Union and its member states to stop negotiations with the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.

The initiative has been open for signature for a period of one year and has collected more than three times as many signatures than required for an European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to be successful according to EU rules (and more signatures than any other ECI to date).