Symbolic handover in Brussels / Alliance calls for political implementation
Brussels, 7 October 2015 – Earlier today the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Stop TTIP symbolically handed over 3.2 million signatures to the European Commission at their Brussels headquarters. Stop TTIP activists from all over Europe placed many kilos of papers full of Stop TTIP ECI signatures onto a giant scale – until such time as the citizens’ voices outweighed the corporate interests represented through sand bags placed on the opposite side. “Let’s TTIP the scales” was the motto of the action.
“Stop TTIP collected more signatures than any other European Citizens’ Initiative so far – we demand that the European Commission pays heed to the protest against CETA and TTIP. We want the TTIP negotiations to be stopped and the ratification of CETA to be rejected,” says Michael Efler, a member of the Stop TTIP citizens’ committee.
“Within one year,three times as many people as those needed for an ECI to be successful, according to EU rules, signed the ‘Stop TTIP’ petition.. We went beyond the necessary seven countries quorum to surpass the signature threshold in 23 Member States. More than 500 organisations from across the EU are part of the Stop TTIP ECI,” adds Susan George from the Stop TTIP citizens’ committee. “This incredible result shows how strong opposition to TTIP and CETA has grown throughout Europe. If the EU institutions still care at all about democracy, they must organise a hearing in Parliament and the Commission must take action to stop both treaties.”
The self-organised Stop TTIP ECI calls on the institutions of the European Union and its member states to stop negotiations with the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and to reject ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The ECI started as a self-organised initiative exactly one year ago (October 7, 2014), after the European Commission declared an official ECI as inadmissible. Stop TTIP is currently challenging this decision in the European Court of Justice.
Contact: Press Team Stop TTIP