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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Divided parliament pass controversial TTIP resolution, but resistance continues



Following the postponed debate last month, MEPs had the opportunity to express their views today on the current negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in a plenary session of the European Parliament.

Under direct pressure from its President, Martin Schultz, the European Parliament has adopted its recommendations on the TTIP negotiations. Greens continue to oppose TTIP and remain particularly concerned about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Responding straight after the vote, Jean said:

‘The EP has not taken a clear position against ISDS today. But this is not the last time we will vote on TTIP. EU citizens and civil society, as well as small and medium-sized businesses, public services and trade unions are increasingly aware of what’s at risk with this proposed Treaty: hard-fought-for standards.

‘There are many more reasons to oppose this deal, and so we must continue our fight to protect our public services and high standards against corporate attack for democracy, and for Europe’s citizens.’

The vote carried by the comfortable majority of the Grand Coalition 436 : 241 : 32