The Greens have responded with dismay to reports that police have used water-cannons and arrested protesters at a peaceful anti-TTIP demonstration in Brussels this morning. The protest, which brought together Greens and members of civil society, aimed to bring attention to this far reaching trade agreement that threatens to undermine European health, labour and environmental standards, and which is being negotiated in secrecy.
The Greens oppose the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agenda. To demonstrate the dangers of TTIP being used to lower standards across the EU, a public action was held this morning in the heart of Brussels during the EU-US Summit, with our Green leading candidate Ska Keller, and her fellow Green MEPs Ulrike Lunacek (AT), Bart Staes (BE), Philippe Lamberts (BE), Rebecca Harms (DE) and Sven Giegold (DE). The Greens had one message: TTIP must be on our terms. Standards that protect European citizens must not be put at risk.