Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 November 2017

MEPs warn of dangers in any US trade deal

European agriculture must not be used as a bargaining chip in the TTIP negotiations to secure access to the US market for other sectors, the powerful EU Agriculture Committee warned last week.

In an opinion for the International Trade Committee, adopted by 27 votes in favour to 18 against, the Agriculture Committee also insisted that the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism must not undermine sovereign rights of the EU or member states.

The committee urged the EU Commission to firmly commit to the strict preservation of EU standards in areas of food safety, consumer protection, human health, animal and plant health, animal welfare and environmental protection.

The opinion of the Agriculture Committee will be forwarded to the International Trade Committee, which will draft the Parliament's position on the TTIP negotiations. The vote in the International Trade Committee is expected in May.

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