This is a video record of the event hosted by Nessa Childers MEP, on Friday 17 April 2015, in the European Parliament Offices, Molesworth Street, Dublin.
Nessa Childers MEP – ‘TTIP: We need to ask who benefits from this deal, and at what cost?’
David Hammerstein, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue – focusing on consumer concerns
Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory – addressing the issue of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and implications for democracy
Oisin Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Ireland – food safety and environment
Kevin Callinan, Irish Congress of Trade Unions – employment rights, protecting public services
Ian Talbot, CEO of Chambers Ireland – who will speak about the benefits of the trade deal for Ireland
Video of Q&A session (apologies for poorer sound quality)
Supporters of TTIP say the deal has the potential to bring inward investment into the EU and create jobs. But many citizens’ groups believe the trade deal needs to be examined carefully before talks conclude – and that we need to ask who will benefit and at what cost.
Hardly anyone seems to know anything about the details of the talks, which is not surprising because it’s being negotiated in secrecy by EU and US trade representatives.
There is widespread agreement that it is of utmost importance that existing EU standards for consumer protection and personal data be safeguarded in the negotiations. But there are concerns that the deal could involve compromising on European environmental and food safety standards, and open public services to private tender.
Most worrying of all is that the deal could involve a mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). This would allow big corporations to sue governments through closed arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which would by-pass domestic courts and parliaments.
The trade agreement is currently being negotiated, and the final deal cannot be concluded without the support of a majority of MEPs in the European Parliament.
The seminar was held to bring trade unions, business, consumer and environmental groups together to discuss the EU-US Free Trade Agreement (TTIP) and its many aspects.
Is a businesswoman and commentator, who caught the public’s attention during the 2011 presidential election campaign when she appeared in RTE’s Frontline audience. Glenna is also one of Nessa Childers’ substitutes nominated at the European Elections 2014.
Is a Senior Policy Advocate in Brussels for TACD working on access to health and access to knowledge issues. He is a former Green Party member of the European Parliament representing Spain.
Studied at the universities of Copenhagen, Roskilde and Lund, and has a degree in history and sociology, and worked as an the editor of a Danish magazine on European affairs before joining the Brussels based lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory in 2008. He does research on economic policy, the financial lobby and trade policy. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.
Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005. Oisín is on the steering committee of the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership and sits on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). Before joining Friends of the Earth, Oisín worked for 10 years in the areas of overseas aid and human rights.
Irish Congress of Trade Union Executive Council Member, IMPACT Deputy General Secretary including National Secretary for Education
Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland and Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ireland since 2008. Prior to those appointments Ian held positions as a Director of Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase in Ireland for 18 years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse where he spent several years working in their Dublin and Luxembourg offices. Ian also holds MA and BBS degrees from Trinity College, Dublin. Ian is a member of the National Economic and Social Council and was a member of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group in 2010.