Thursday, June 12, 2014

Commission, TTIP, Corporations, who decides Europe's Destiny.

In Europe the real authority who has the executive power to shapes the rules across the continent is the Commssion, not the Parliament that can merely corrects some aspects of the laws but not the main core of the decisions.
The Commission is not elected by the citizens and run private meeting to decide the Europe destiny. This is not not a fantasy movie, is the unquestionable truth.

The "Corporate Europe Observatory" (CEO), an organization of journalists and experts based in Brussels, is inquiring about it. This group periodically produces detailed reports on the dangers of undermining Lobby about the power on decision-making of the European Commission.In one of its reports entitled  "The Record of a Captive Commission"this is detailed unfold: " The European Multinationals are successfully manipulating the crisis in their favor. Commission's role is fundamental in this process. The latter  has a monopoly on legislative proposals, is not elected by the citizens, but rather keep its own distance by them. The Lobby can easily interact with their money  for various issues. "The Commission also has a branch dedicated to European and world markets, to decide on industries and services. The coordinating body for this sector of the market with the rest of the world is called "Directorate General for Trade" (DC Trade).According to the Report of the CEO at least 119 private meetings was the DC Multinational Trade as protagonist with Lobby and Corporations, and just an handful with unions and consumer associations. In the past year these "secrets meeting", or to be more politically correct these "not public discussions", have involved private "ACEA", the "U.S. Chamber of Commerce," the "Fertilizer Europe" (which brings together the largest industries of chemical fertilizers in Europe). Among its associated industries are fertilizers Spanish "Fortiberia", which is still under process in Huelva, for using an industrial area adjacent to the city, spilling into the local river, the Rio Tinto, toxic and radioactive substances.But the Commission also met with representatives of Car Industry such as Ford, Nigel Wicks, President of the British Bankers Association, the Association for the Defense and Space Plane European financial groups such as the "BCTT."The CEO report goes on to underline another point:  to discuss and decide on European finance (just remember the sixteen hundred billion to rain for the bailout of the banks system during the crisis) the Commission meetings has been hold with the group of experts in derivatives "Expert Group on Market Infrastructures", members in their time of Financial Corporation. For questions about climate change and CO2 emissions the groups which planning strategies are "for Chemical Industry Association", or that of iron (Eurofer), or that of cement (Cembureau) or maybe some advice of the "European Round Table of Industrialist ", all of which obviously following the interests, with rules that will affect the lives of the european citizens.The Commission lobbies affect all sectors, such as agriculture, with the continuous attacks with GMO products, for now bounced back to the sender. Or more with the study of various pesticides and the 'EDC, the Endocrine distruptors Chemical carcinogen product still used in the market.An article a few months ago on "The Guardian" titled "The Tobacco giant Philip Morris is spending millions of Euros to delay anti-smoking laws in Europe"Also on "The Guardian" a more recent article points out how in Brussels gravitate over 30,000 lobbyists who try in every way to obtain favorable treatment for their Banks, Telcos, industrial groups and ect. It is estimated that at least 75% of European legislation is heavily manipulated by these profiteers.This surreal atmosphere where the voter is convinced to contribute to change, but who decides to change does not depend on electoral decisions.The media continues to misinform, to confuse, to shuffle the cards, to give news often fragmentary or without due importance.In the next European semester of 2014, Italy will held the presidency, perhaps the perfect country to speed up and approve the TTIP better known as the "Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership", which will usher  a new era of trade between Europe and the United States. The Italian Prime Minister Renzi called it a "priority".The purpose of these agreements is to reduce or remove tariff barriers between the two countries, in order to facilitate the market. We talk about savings, according to independent datas, expected to reach the European market share of around € 120 billion per year, while for the U.S. would be 90 billion Euros. But it would also benefit the economies of third parties, for an amount of approximately € 100 billion a year.Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister of Economic Affairs pointed out that: "He who rejects these agreements with the United States will have no influence on the progress of Globalization." We speculate big numbers if the TTIP will be approve: 13 million potential employees. According to Gabriel: "This partnership will lead Europe to improve its market standards, thanks to the" Mother of Capitalism "Obama & America." It emphasizes how the improvements will concern the rights of workers, the environment, and international patents. Everything nice nothing expensive then? The siren song, in this European Odyssey, irresistible as its promises, has already convinced everyone?!With the "Translatlantic Trade Investment Partnership" between Europe and the United States could be digest also the controversial regulation entitled "Investor State Dispute Settement" (ISDS), which allows a foreign investor to sue the government of the host country, if the latter's National laws will  harms the profits of a foreign company that invests. For example, the "Chemtura Corporation", a manufacturer of industrial fertilizers, sued the Canadian government who  limited, with a national law, the use of many pesticides of the above Corporation. Or the lawsuit filed by several tobacco companies headed by "Philip Morris" against the Australian government, responsible, for some  restrictiveanti tobacco laws, to have damaged the profits of these companies. The risk is to grant the Multinational an additional weapon against those who try to protect consumers, delay laws and force governments to costly diatribie in court. A Globalization increasingly wild.For the economics professor and scholar Martin Hart-Landsberg we are faced with a "Domain of Multinationals." The professor cites a statement on the UN metting by Salvador Allende in 1972: "We are faced with a conflict between transnational corporations and states. Latter has been  cut off in their fundamental political, economic and military decisions, from global organizations that do not depend on any state and whose activities are not controlled by any parliament, nor any representative institution of the collective. "The economist Nobel Prize-winning  Joseph Stiglitz adds: "Given the recent history, it now seems clear that the negotiations, aimed at creating a free trade area between the U.S. and Europe and the USA and the Pacific (excluding China) are not to create a system of free trade. Instead, the goal is a managed trade regime, tended to pander to those special interests that have long dominated the trade policies of the West. No trade agreement should put commercial interests ahead of the interests in National general, especially when dealing with issues not related to trade, such as financial regulation and intellectual property. many rules that they want to "soften" are there for a reason: to protect consumers, workers, economies and the environment . We need a "free market" genuine Corporation, where citizens have the same importance in decision-making. "The risk is to give "carte blanche" to those which the profit is the only priority. Same issue appeared in a long article, even the German newspaper "Der Spiegel" in an article titled "Carte Blanche Corporation. Will US-EU trade become too free," which shows how can be dangerous the next future , GM foods without any obligation to state this in packs, or more extensive rights of Copyright to limit the enjoyment of culture, education and science. The article also deals with the aforementioned ISDS, which will threaten the laws of the national governments. As the case brought by a Swedish nuclear power station in Germany, "Vattenfall", against the Germany laws  who want to clear off the nuclear focusing all efforts on clean energy. The "Vattenfall" asked for damages of $ 3.7 billion. Now the various politicians who support these agreements,  have become more open to dialogue and public debate, assuring that there is nothing secret. But the internet and several experts in the world, including Stiglitz, think very different.The Democracies, social participation, information really are those assigned to every citizen in the society of much of this planet? Or are only an illusion, a semblance of legality, the anesthetic of the masses.An infuential  American politician of the last century, N. Murray Butler said: "The world is divided into three categories of people: a very small number that do create the events, a group a little 'more important than waking to their performance and  assist them fulfillment, and finally a vast majority who never will know what really happened. " or the phrase of 1999 on "Newsweek" of Rockefeller: "Something has to replace the governments, and the private power seems to me the appropriate method to do it."


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