Many people have are concerned that TTIP puts at risk our countryside and our environment.
It is important to underline that one of UK aims of TTIP is to 'significantly reduce the cost of differences in regulations and standards by promoting greater compatibility, transparency, and cooperation, while maintaining our high levels of health, safety and environmental protection'. Thus, any increase in trade must not come at the expense of rules governing the environment
Anyone who has travelled to the US and witnessed the amazing national parks they have to offer, will know that Americans equally take pride in their countryside and natural beauty that their landscape has to offer. Whilst Europe may regulate differently, under the precautionary principle, both sides do not wish to see their environmental standards deteriorate and will maintain the high standards.
President Obama made this particularly clear in March 2014, ‘I have fought my entire political career and as President to strengthen consumer protections. I have no intention of signing that which would weaken those protections. I […] am fighting to strengthen environmental protections in the United States, so I have no interest in signing a trade agreement that weakens environmental standards’.
Once again, TTIP provides a chance for a new level of environmental standards to be enshrined into a free trade agreement. This agreement is unique in that both sides of the FTA wish to protect and enhance their environmental commitments. Like every type of standard, be it labour, food or environment, TTIP will set new benchmarks and levels to hold our governments to. Furthermore, the EU and US are keen to work together to combat illegal logging, fishing and illegal trade in wildlife products.
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