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TTIP failed! ... at the moment

TTIP failed! ... at the moment

TTIP failed, for now, it seems, and while we can expect everything and more, from the next few months in which many interested countries are preparing for elections, let's see what it is and the current situation of TTIP failed.

TTIP: what it is

It is the even equal acronym of "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”Which translated into our language means“ Transatlantic Treaty on Trade and Investment ”. It is a agreement between the United States and Europe of a purely commercial type but which has a “chain” influence on many other areas.

Basically it provides for the integration between the markets of the two protagonists, "we Europeans" and them, beyond the Atlantic Ocean, this should happen, or should have happened, taking into account that today we are talking about TTIP failed, through the abatement of duties, i.e. economic barriers. Not only that, however: for a true integration with this failed TTIP it was also intended to eliminate regulations, rules and standards, therefore obstacles that, although not of a tariff type, blocked thefull integration of the US and European markets.

The purpose of the proposal, which has now passed, was to give the green light for the movement of goods in the territories of all the countries involved. As we shall see, this would have had advantages and disadvantages for each of the countries, including Italy which was divided between pro and con factions. To put an end, for now, the debate on this subject, however, was a member of German government.

TTIP failed thanks to the German no

In recent days, a "departure" of the German vice chancellor and minister of the economy, Sigmar Gabriel has been around the world making everyone consider, or almost, the TTIP failed. The US-EU free trade treaty "blown". Precisely, the German explained the failure by saying that, as Europeans, it is unthinkable to accept "supinely" what is requested by the American counterpart.

It didn't stop there, the Social Democratic Minister Gabriel has almost definitely put a stone on it by adding a rather "heavy" phrase on the TTIP failed. In fact, he stated clearly, interviewed by a German network, the Zdf, that "there will be no more progress, even if no one really wants to admit it".

Certainly the process of this TTIP failed it has never been that simple, so much so that for months it has occasionally appeared in the headlines and even those of us who are not always on the spot, the name, the sound, feel it as familiar. And luckily, since the consequences would touch us, they will touch us, they would have touched us, very close.

Since the birth of TTIP, there have been 14 rounds of talks between the parties and the least agreement has never been found, on not even one, only one, chapter of the 27 that make it up. We have been "on the line" since 2013, the year in which the negotiations began. If it is German, the signature on the declaration of TTIP failedofficially, however, one cannot speak of an isolated voice, in Italy there has never been a lack of perplexity, and even France has never shown great enthusiasm for this treaty often seen as unilateral American.

TTIP Italia: the consequences it would have had for our products

Without locking ourselves in our borders, let's take a look at how the TTIP failed it would change the destiny of Italy and its products. On food, but not limited to, there would probably have been a lowering of hygiene and sanitary standards, not out of popular prejudice but because, cards in hand, US legislation is actually less stringent than ours. For example, we should have canceled two important achievements: l'Labeling and traceability of products.

The TTIP failed he aimed, and boasted, that he could cut down the times to obtain the green light for the export of EU products to the US, today often very long, even prohibitive for those who trade between the two sides of the Atlantic. Okay, shall we speed up the times?

Theoretically, excellent, but who assures us this great haste does not ensure that Europeans can be "inundated" with all those products that they have not wanted in their markets so far? By this, I refer for example to vegetables treated with certain pesticides, GM vegetables or the often cited "hormone meat".

If on the one hand a country like ours could see in TTIP failed an opportunity to more easily export the made in Italy so well known, praised and requested especially in sectors such as fashion, food and design, at the same time, those who celebrated the declaration of TTIP failed he was terrified that our precious quality and niche products for connoisseurs could end crushed, commercially speaking, by the "XXL" multinationals unscrupulous and made in the USA.

A possible increase in employment would presumably correspond to one decrease in workers' rights and here it is not worth "common sickness half joy" and not even "the more, the better", on the contrary! A reference also to the consequences that the TTIP failed would also have on cosmetics in which Italy, arm in arm and elbowing with France, has excellent results.

Two numbers are enough to understand what could have happened: in Europe the substances considered at risk to health are over 1300, in the USA there are 11, a gap that, even if a compromise was reached, would have been a great damage for consumers.

TTIP: the position of Greenpeace

I have so far avoided talking about how forenvironment and to celebrate the fact that we are talking about TTIP failed. In this sector, as in that ofpower, between the USA and Europe there are very different regulations, starting for example from those governing extractions.

Certainly could not keep quiet about Greenpeace who immediately pointed out how the opening of the new global market could have led toabolition of limits for oil exploration through the fracking technique. Not only that, another escaped danger, for now, is the facilitation of exports linked to techniques with a high environmental impact such as those from tar sands. TO Greenpeace has joined, especially on greener issues, Legambiente with numerous and never hidden doubts about the Ttip.

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