Not only Albania has a problem with corruption and in-transparency, also the European Union has it. Nobody is wondering about that, because the European Union is a billlion-billion-dollar-market and where you have money there you will have also corruption. The difference between Albania and European Union is -in this context- the volume … and the kind of system. One current example is the TTIP-case. TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is into negotiation between the USA and EU since some years. Biggest problem: Each negotiations are secretly and the citizens are not alloud to know, what is negotiated.
The secrecy surrounding the negotiating process, which started over two-and-a-half years ago, is counter to the democratic principles of both the EU and the US. There has been worldwide criticism about the on going refusal to reveal what is being negotiated under TTIP, including by the European Ombudsman. Although some EU document have been disclosed, they were frequently incomplete and out of date by the time they were released. US negotiators disclose almost nothing at all.
Even members of the European Parliament (who will vote to adopt or reject the final agreement) and national parliamentarians (who are also likely to vote on the final deal) have only limited and strictly restricted access to so-called consolidated negotiating texts in special reading rooms. Every negotiating round takes place behind closed doors and joint EU-US press conferences on TTIP are devoid of real content. Consultations with civil society and stakeholder meetings are little more than content-free formalities.
Into the category “TTIP / EU” you will find now the “leaked” documents of the latest negotiations: The documents that Greenpeace Netherlands has released about half of the draft text as of April 2016, prior to the start of the 13th round of TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US (New York, 25-29 April 2016). As far as we know the final document will consist of 25 to 30 chapters and many extensive annexes. The EU Commission published an overview stating that they have now 17 consolidated texts. This means the documents released by Greenpeace netherlands encompass 3/4 of the existing consolidated texts. Consolidated texts are those where the EU and US positions on issues are shown side by side. This step in the negotiation process allows us to see the areas where the EU and US are close to agreement, and where compromises and concessions would still need to be made. Of the documents released by Greenpeace Netherlands, in total 248 pages, 13 chapters offer for the first time the position of the US.
Let’s proceed with our common fight against this undemocratic practice. We have done so to provide much needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.
Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.
Let’s fight together! Join us: Stop TTIP (3.400.000 people) or Attac (1.100.000 people) or campact! (1.800.000 people) or AVAAZ (43.875.000 people) – You are not alone. Join our Alliance. Angels Association Albania is supporter of AVAAZ. Gateway Albania is supporting the Albanian exporters.