Right now the EU tries to get the free trade agreement CETA pushed through. The controversy around CETA is huge.
The text in this article is from the video below from Wikileaks.
”This is something enormous. Its about final control. It’s the United States saying: there might be another power in the world but we will be the ultimate power”.
”The EU and the USA says that they want this trade agreements to form the blueprint for all future trade deals. That means that they are rewriting the rules of the global economy. And that means for everybody”.
A CORPORATE DICTATORSHIP
The trade agreements is part of the US governments plan that will ensure the dominance of its largest companies. The World Trade Organisations was created to write the international rules for trade in favour to the USA. It favoured American business. But other nations didn’t like the US dominance so USA got stopped and had to figure out something else. USA then created the three big T’s: TPP, TTIP and TISA. And they are all been negotiated in secret.
”We only find out about them when Wikileaks was able to leak parts of them”.
”What is not often understood is that these agreements are part of a geopolitical war. This is the new war which is taking place in the United States and China”.
”From reading US strategy document, this is the construction of a new grand enclosure. They want to integrate Latin America away from Brazil towards the United States. To integrate south-east Asia away from China and towards the United States”.
Of the three T’s, Wikileaks has revealed four chapters of the TPP, which affects 12 countries in America and south-east Asia. We also have reveald from TISA which affects 52 countries, including the EU. But nearly all of TTIP is still secret.
”Nobody knows what are being negotiated in our names. So you have this far reaching deals which will completely change the face of our economics and out societies. And yet, even elected parliamentarians know nothing about them”.
CORPORATES HAVE ACCESS TO FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
The worlds biggest corporations don’t have the same problem. They have been receiving V.I.P-access from day one to the negotiations. And have had abundant influence over the negotiations.
”People like you and I are excluded. Governments to a great extent are excluded. Those who are included are the multinational corporations”.
”These free trade agreements are basically corporate agreements. The funny thing about these free trade agreements is that they often have nothing to do with trade. What they’re about is enshrining an investor right regime in the respective countries and ensuring that corporations can run wild in these countries with very little regulations and impingement by governments or authorities”.
”These treaties will have huge implications for literally every critical issue that an individual, citizen or community will care about: health, education the environment, privacy, access to medicine and so on”.
One of the most criticised aspects is a system called investor State Dispute Settlement or ISDS (they have changed name to ICS – Investment Court system). ISDS is a secret international tribunal that allows companies to sue states over virtually everything that they can claim affects their investment.
”If a protest affects their profits they can sue. If laws affects their profits they can sue. If new regulations will impact what they want to do with their money, they can sue”.
”ISDS is a new power which will be handed over to US corporations to sue the governments of Europe in a parallel justice system which is available to them alone. People have no access to the system, domestic firms have no access to it, governments have no access to it. It’s just foreign investors, in this case US corporations”.
Critics to ISDS argue that european states sovereignty and democracy and are at risk. Previous lawsuits includes Swedish Vattenfall suing the german state for 3,7 billion dollars for facing out nuclear energy. British American Tobacco sued Australia for passing a law limiting cigarette advertising. The french company Veolia sued Egypt for raising minimum wages.
”What is so scary about this is that corporations want to lock in their power. So they not only want to increase power, they want to make it impossible for sovereign governments to reverse the changes that give them power. So for example with TTIP if it passes with ISDS in it the privatisation of the national health service which is happening in the UK can never be reversed”.
”What is democratic about an enormous imposition of power? On countries whose citizens have no way of knowing what’s going on, of debating it or influencing their government in its decision. That’s undemocratic”.
”The history of these free trade agreements shows that they’re very difficult to change unless people can see what’s in them. And that’s why they kept secret. When the contents are revealed it generates an opposition”.
Wikileaks has had considerable success in delaying the TTP and opening a debate about it. And the TISA by releasing the draft text. Wikileaks earlier publications of the agreement called ACTA killed it completely.