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Investment protection in TTIP: A threat to democracy and public interest?

Source: Tni.org

Thursday, 6 February 2014, 20:00 – 22:00
Public debate
Amsterdam

The EU and the US aim to conclude their free trade agreement – TTIP (Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership) this year, effectively creating the biggest trade block in the world.

One of the most controversial elements in the TTIP is investment protection, including so-called investor state dispute settlement. This would allow US companies investing in Europe to skirt European courts and directly challenge EU governments at international tribunals – whenever they find that laws in the area of public health, environmental, labour or social protection interfere with their profits. How will this affect EU citizens? Why do governments, including the Netherlands, provide big business the right to sue governments that plan policies to protect their citizens and the environment?

At this Real World Economics debate, in cooperation with TNI and SOMO, we will look at what is behind the secretive TTIP negotiations. Is it truly an assault on democracy and public interest?

Speakers:

Tuur Elzinga – Senator Socialist Party (SP) & Policy Advisor FNV Mondiaal
Roos van Os – Researcher on trade and investment issues at SOMO
Bart Jaap Verbeek – PHD researcher International Trade and Investment Regulation at Radboud Universiteit

Moderated by Fiona Dove – Executive Director Transnational Institute (TNI)

Tickets can be bought at CREA (5 euros; students for free). The first 20 tickets picked up get a free TTIP COCKAIL at CREA Cafe!! Do you have questions for our speakers already? Use ‪#‎rweTTIP‬ on twitter and ask away!

Join on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396486067268632/

Location

CREA Amsterdam

Nieuwe Achtergracht 170

Amsterdam

Netherlands
See map: Google Maps

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