To help lift misconceptions and misunderstandings around TTIP, we have compiled answers to 20 questions, for example:
- What is TTIP and what does it aim for?
- Who will benefit from TTIP?
- Why is business supporting these negotiations?
- Is TTIP an agreement for the big corporations or will it be beneficial for SMEs as well?
- Could TTIP possibly lead Europe out of the crisis?
- Will TTIP promote financial deregulation leading to increased economic imbalances?
- Does TTIP put EU democracy in question in the decision-making process?
- Is TTIP being negotiated in a secret way without involving all stakeholders? What about transparency?
“Many arguments against TTIP are more or less critics of globalisation. Yet, globalisation is a reality, and TTIP is a good chance to shape it according to our model. In addition, TTIP could be a springboard for SMEs to be ready with globalisation.„ - Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope
“TTIP must work for the people or it won't work at all. Our priorities are: labour standards to be implemented, public services to be respected, ISDS to be excluded.„ - Bernadette Ségol, ETUC
“In principle, we are not against trade agreements, they can bring more choice, lower prices to consumers and impact innovation. Yet, what is in TTIP for consumers remains to be seen. We ask for a meaningful access to texts, more inclusive participation of more stakeholders to give TTIP a chance not to fail - on its merits, not secrecy.„ - Monique Goyens, BEUC
“If trade barriers would be removed, I could hire more people. Big companies might benefit but export-oriented SMEs may benefit even more from TTIP.„ - Carl Martin Welcker, VDMA