Amsterdam City Rejects TTIP For Local Democracy

This week the Amsterdam City Council has spoken out against the TTIP trade deal. It is considered a sharp statement to both the government and the negotiators in Brussels. The Amsterdam City Council does not want to have a trade deal like TTIP endanger the local democracy and local rules and regulations.
TTIP_stopThe motion was submitted by GroenLinks, a left-wing fraction in the council. It was backed by four other parties. The motion’s conclusion goes as follows:

“(…)TTIP in general and the ISDS-clause in particular could be a threat to the Amsterdam local democracy and be harmful to local regulations considering social norms, the environment, economy, health care, agriculture, intellectual property, culture and therefore we speak out against TTIP.”

Amsterdam is the first city in the Netherlands that has rejected TTIP. Other municipalities have announced similar motions for the near future.

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