Update: Today (27th November) government documents were leaked detailing meetings between the Department of International Trade and US officials in which regulatory cooperation was discussed. A central tenet of Brexit has long been the promise of free trade agreements for the UK outside the EU. Specifically, a US-UK trade deal is trumpeted as the single biggest economic … [Read more...] about How a US-UK trade deal threatens our protection from hazardous chemicals
Today, Monday 22nd February, the 12th negotiation round on the EU-US Transatlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP) is starting in Brussels. CHEM Trust remains very concerned about the proposals within TTIP for 'regulatory co-operation', which we consider have the potential to delay or undermine protection of wildlife and people from hazardous chemicals. … [Read more...] about TTIP talks re-start, and threaten our protection from hazardous chemicals
On 10th of June the full European Parliament will vote on its recommendations to the European Commission regarding the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In the lead up to this vote, several of the Parliament's committees are discussing the key issues at stake. CHEM Trust has today joined with over 25 organisations in sending a letter to … [Read more...] about We write to chair of EU Parliament Trade Committee: Chemicals must be excluded from TTIP trade negotiations
The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues in food in … [Read more...] about The EU claims that TTIP won’t reduce EU food safety standards – but is this true?
[Updated on 10th March on the publication of the EAC report - see below] The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of the UK House of Commons is currently doing an inquiry into the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its impacts on the environment and the developing world. Yesterday they published the evidence that had been submitted to this … [Read more...] about Our evidence to UK Parliamentary inquiry into TTIP and the environment (updated with inquiry conclusion)
The EU and US are continuing in their attempts to negotiate a new "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" - or TTIP for short, including measures to increase regulatory harmonisation, to reduce tariffs and to create an 'Investor State Dispute Mechanism'. As we wrote back in July 2014: … [Read more...] about US-EU Trade deal TTIP is a threat to effective regulation of chemicals and pesticides
Chemical Watch is reporting that the European Commission is re-organising responsibility for the setting of criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), moving it from the Environment Directorate General (DG) to DG Health and Consumer Affairs (or 'Sanco'), though DG Environment will remain in charge of overall EDC policy. In addition, responsibility for biocides and … [Read more...] about EU criteria for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Responsibility moving from DG Environment to DG Health & Consumer Affairs
Chemical Watch has reported that officials from Europe and the US are planning to have a formal meeting on 15th October 2014 to discuss increased co-operation on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). This comes as there are increased concerns among many that the EU-US "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" (TTIP), currently being negotiated, may undermine the … [Read more...] about TTIP or not, EU-US co-operation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals is likely to lead to delay