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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on TTIP and safeguarding protected designations of origin

Dominique Martin

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on TTIP and safeguarding protected designations of origin  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated in secret between the EU and the US, had been presented as a way to create new jobs and as an opportunity for Europe;

B.  whereas today a very different picture seems to be emerging, namely that very few new jobs will be created and that an increase in unemployment seems inevitable in the short term;

C.  whereas the forecasts concerning the impact on agriculture are very pessimistic, with many protected designations of origin (PDOs) set to disappear, given that US food lobbies have already announced that they would refuse to acknowledge their validity and 177 members of the US Congress have already called on the US Trade Secretary to take an aggressive line against Europe in this area;

D.  whereas, although some designations of origin have been protected under previous agreements – with Canada, for example – the Commission has already admitted that many products cannot be saved;

1.  Calls on the Commission to assess exactly what know-how and jobs might be lost in this sector in the EU Member States;

2.  Calls on the Commission to take whatever steps are required to prevent these losses.

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