Most successful European Citizens’ Initiative ever submits signatures
Dear members of the press,
With a current total of 2.94 million signatories the self-organized European Citizens’ Initiative Stop TTIP already counts more supporters than any previous European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). 21 Member States surpassed the necessary minimum amount of signatures (“country quorum”) which is remarkable given that ECI rules necessitate only 7. This demonstrates that resistance against TTIP and CETA is strong in large parts of the EU.
On 7th October 2015, precisely one year after its inception, Stop TTIP with representatives of its over 500 member organisations will announce the final number of signatures and symbolically hand them over to the European Commission. The signatories call on the EU institutions and the Member States to stop negotiations with the USA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.
We cordially invite you to join us at
an action entitled „Let’s ttip the scales: citizens have more weight than corporations!“
Location: Schumann Roundabout, 1000 Brussels
Time: Wednesday, October 7, 10.00 am
Stop TTIP activists will gather around a giant pair of scales at the Berlaymont building in Brussels. They will add Stop TTIP signature lists to the empty shell of the scale until such time as the voices of the citizens bear greater weight than the sand bags symbolising corporate interests on the other side of the scale.
Information to editors:
Activists will be available on site for interviews, as well as Dr. Michael Efler and Susan George, two members of the Citizens’ committee of the ECI for Germany and France.
The participation of EC representatives has been requested.