TTIP and European Information, Consultation and Participation
11 December 2014, 10:30 - 13:00
The European Commission and the United States are negotiating a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. While these negotiations are been held ‘behind closed doors’ and in great secrecy, it is understood that, to date, they have focused on creating a ‘managed trade regime’, so as to eliminate trade barriers between the EU and US, in such business sectors as financial regulations and intellectual property rights.
Consequently, the negotiations, so far, have been ‘business centred’ with little or no regard to the public interest or the protection of employment, social and fundamental rights, including the European Social Model. While the European Commission argues that TTIP will translate into positive economic benefits, including jobs, the ICTU, in conjunction with other trade union organisations affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation, is sceptical about these claims and is concerned about the possible outcomes from the negotiations.
Therefore, the ICTU is organising a seminar on the TTIP negotiations on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 to discuss the possible impact of such a potential transatlantic agreement on Irish and EU economic, employment and social policies.
As a follow-up to this seminar a workshop will be held in ICTU offices, 31-32 Parnell Square, on Thursday 11 December 2014 (10.30-13.00) to focus, in particular, on the information, consultation and participation rights of workers in EU employment and corporate governance legislation and how a potential TTIP agreement might effect or undermine these rights. This workshop is part of a EU project, InfPreventa, that the ICTU is a partner to and is co-ordinated by the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB). The project is part funded by the European Commission.
The panel of speakers will include Daniele Basso, ETUC, Brussels and Celeste Drake, AFL/CIO, Washington DC
A light lunch will be served at the conclusion of the workshop.
The seminar is intended for union representatives who may be involved in information, consultation and participation structures.
ICTU, 31-32 Parnell Square, Dublin 1