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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2014
Question for written answer E-007975-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Emmanouil Glezos (GUE/NGL) , Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (ΤΤΙP) deregulates the European common agricultural policy, poses a threat to social cohesion and obstructs economic growth
 Answer in writing 

US/EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (ΤΤΙP, Commercial NATO), as well as those between Canada and the EU (CETA), lack transparency. Nations, parliaments and governments have a limited knowledge of their content, which is the subject of negotiations by a group of technocrats, aiming to transfer powers to supranational companies. They are being characterised as a ‘hurricane threatening Europe’ as ‘all sectors of public interest are subject to the established free trade regime’. Agriculture and foodstuffs are being hit. The CAP, as well as consumer protection, run the risk of being deconstructed.

USA and Canada favour specific brand names, thus contributing to market control being taken over by supranational companies, while they do not accept the protection that the EU provides to a total of 1,437 Protected Designation of Origin (POD), Protected Geographical Indication (PDI) and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) products, which total 1 437 products, 101 of which are Greek, plus 153 wines. They are also questioning the ‘principle of prevention’ which forms part of EC law (ban of chlorinated chickens, genetically modified organisms etc.).

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

1. What measures are being taken to protect certified European products (e.g. ‘feta’ cheese and extra virgin olive oils), which face unfair competition from mislabelled products?
2. Will there be established a Committee of MEPs with unrestricted access to the content of negotiations on the ΤΤΙΡ and CETA?

Original language of question: EL 
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