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logoThe day has come: Today we are starting signature collection for our self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA!!! Within a year we want Europe to collect at least 1 million signatures.We need your support! Please click here to sign: or click on the link at the right column

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Here is a quick reminder why you should sign the self-organised ECI:

As you know, the EU soon intends to sign two far-reaching trade agreements: one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic growth. However, the beneficiaries of these
agreements will be big corporations, not citizens:

– Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS): Canadian and US companies would have the right to sue for damages if they believe that they have suffered losses because of government decisions (for instance new laws to protect the environment or consumer rights).

– Improving or even maintaining our standards for food, labour rights, environmental protection and consumer rights will become much harder.

– Liberalisation and privatisation would effectively become irreversible.

– The EU and its member states would come under pressure to allow risky technologies such as fracking or genetic modification.

CETA and TTIP would increase the power of multinationals at the expense of democracy and the public. We must not allow this to happen! Please sign the European Citizens’ Initiative!

Best regards,

Fracking Free Ireland
Stop TTIP Campaign’s team –
(Michael Efler, Stephanie Roth and Cornelia Reetz)

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Newsletter of the ECI campaign against TTIP & CETA

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Dear friends, As you know we have worked tirelessly over the past couple of months to prepare for the start of the European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA. Any day now, we expected to receive a registration number from the European Commission that would allow us to start the collection of 1 million signatures against these trade agreements.

Something very different happened instead. In a surprise move last Thursday the European Commission rejected our request to register the ECI! In an effort to stop our growing European movement, they argued that it was not possible to challenge the negotiation mandate for TTIP with an ECI. Continue reading

ECI request rejected

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Dear Partners and Friends,

We are approaching the official registration of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA, which is why we want to update you once more on all the current developments.

To give you a general overview: we will register the ECI at the European Commission next week on 15 July 2014. The registration form has to be filled out online. Once we have finished the registration, the EU Commission will have two months to assess if the ECI is valid. This means that the collection of signatures will begin in mid-September at the latest. It is not possible to collect signatures before we have obtained an approval by the European Commission.

We will of course keep you posted on this process and provide you with more detailed information regarding the signature collection.

 The citizens’ committee
In order to successfully register an ECI, it is mandatory to set up a citizens’ committee. This committee must consist of at least 7 citizens who must reside in at least 7 different EU member states.

Fortunately, the citizens’ committee for our ECI against TTIP and CETA is complete:
1) Blanche Weber  (Luxembourg; Organization: Mouvement Ecologique)
2) Lavinia Andrei – (Romania; Organization: Terra Milleniul)
3) Pedro Krupenski (Portugal; Organization: Oikos)
4) Susan George (France; Organization: Attac/ Transnational Institute)
5) Michael Efler (Germany; Organization: Mehr Demokratie)
6) John Hilary (Great Britain; Organization: War on Want)
7) Otto Kronqvist (Finland; Organization: TTIP-network)

The Press Conference on Tuesday 15 July 2014 at 12:00 at the Press Club Brussels.
The press conference will take place simultaneously with the official registration of the ECI and will serve as the official launch of the campaign. Three members of the citizens’ committee (Susan George, John Hilary and Michael Efler) will represent the ECI at the conference. Moreover, Karl Bär from the Munich Environment Institute will chair the event.

The conference will be broadcasted live. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to follow the event although you are not located in Brussels. The live-stream will be available on our official campaign website. By putting the link of the campaign website on your own website, you can invite other people to follow the press conference online as well.

The official campaign website is online now but in a provisional version. The website’s URL is

Besides the live-stream, you will find useful material on the website such as info-texts, the official text of the ECI, press releases, additional info on TTIP in general and Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement in particular as well as short biographies and photos of the members of the citizen’s committee. You´ll also find the invitation to our press conference online and attached (in English and German). We encourage you to spread it to your national media contacts.

In addition, we have set up today social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for which we of course need as many followers and fans as possible. Please like and follow us here: @ECI_TTIP

 Partner organisations

Our ECI-coalition is growing everyday and we are now 136 organizations from 18 different EU countries. We are particularly happy that we were joined by Greenpeace Luxembourg, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and the trade union OGBL from Luxembourg.

Nevertheless, we are still looking for more organizations to come on board with us to ensure that we will reach the necessary amount of signatures – and this is were you can get involved as well: if your organization is part of network or if you are in close contact with other organizations, it would be great if you tell them about the initiative and their possibility to join the coalition.

At the moment, we are especially looking for organizations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Malta, Italy and France as there are only just a few or no organizations that are already partners of the ECI campaign against TTIP and CETA.

To gain an overview of our ECI coalition, you find the list of parter organizations attached.

Maritta, Karl, Lisa and Michael will also attending the NGO strategy meeting in Brussels on TTIP (July, 14+15).

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us directly. You can reach Michael Efler at More Democracy (, Maritta Strasser at Campact ( and Karl Bär at the Munich Environment Institute ( In addition, you can contact Lisa Albers at More Democracy ( who manages the mailing list.

Best regards,

Lisa Albers/Michael Efler

ECI Partner List  excel doc
Press invitation  pdf
Mehr Demokratie e.V. Dr. Michael Efler Bundesvorstandssprecher Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin
Tel.: 030 42082370 Fax: 030 42082380 Mobils: 0173 961 0454
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Just to let people know that I was at a TTIP information discussion last night in Birmingham. John Hilary, director of War on Want, Nick from the WDM, Ulrike Hermann from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and an American consumer rights activist were speaking.
I won’t go into details but there were a few key points I took from it that you may find useful, for Saturday, or beyond:
  • There was a real sense that we can beat this! It was continuously reinforced by the speakers in a positive way. Trade deals, such as the multilateral trade agreement in the 90s, have been dropped before because of public outcry and we can do it again! It will subsequently be easier to drop other damaging trade deals and move on to create a society we all want to live in
  • There was a lot of discussion surrounding the privatization of the NHS (UK equivalent of the HSE). It was widely agreed that this could be the pivotal issue on which a broad range of people could be drawn in on and mobilised to rally against TTIP on. There is already outcry in the UK against the increasing privatisation of the NHS. It would be interesting to see the situation of the HSE in Ireland (I have no idea), or what Ireland’s “pivotal issue” could be?
  • One attendee asked – are we against all trade? Where do we draw the line? It was answered that first if any trade deal is being negotiated, it needs to be don’t in the public eye and with contribution from all citizens. The Alternate Trade Mandate was cited as an alternative.
  • In some places in Europe, local councils are starting to become “TTIP Free Zones” (a bit like frack free zones!). This could be an idea for next step to take in our campaign?
  • Ulrike stated that we should not be worrying or spending our efforts on fighting the things like chlorinated chicken, hormone treated beef and chemicals policy (REACH, precautionary principle). She said that they are not likely to be agreed on by the EC – not because of health reasons, but because European big business do not stand to profit. The industry would probably do worse if brought in. I wanted to talk to her afterwards more about this but didn’t get the chance

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TTIP-Online-Consultation / Answer sheet

Dear all,

I know that we already have several very good tools (like the one) which we can use to participate in the online
consultation of the EU-Commission concerning ISDS.

I nevertheless attach an answer sheet which I’ve originally drafted in
German and which is now  also available in English.

Thus, for all who might want to make use of it, please feel free to do
so (Deadline: 13 July 2014!)

@Fracktivists in the USA: You can participate too!

Follow the instructions here

and then make use of the answer sheet via copy & paste (& alterations if
you want).  SUBMISSION TO BE COPIED AND PASTED ttip submission eu  (word doc)

I also attach an official answer (in German) saying that the
EU-Commission will pay attention to identical answers.

submission ttipAnswer-sheet-public-consultation-TTIP-ISDS_AndyGheorghiu  pdf


European Citizens Initiative against TTIP

Campaign description: Microsoft Word – Kampagnenbeschreibung mit Forderungstext Englisch

ECI checklistECI Checklist_EN
From: Michael Efler <>

Message Body:
Dear potential partners!  [Ladies and Gentlemen, or Dear Sir/Dear Madam is too steif!]

the TTIPunfairhandelbar coalition ( has already succeeded in launching an intense and critical debate in Germany on the problems with the TTIP and CETA free trade agreements. In order to take the debate beyond Germany’s borders and to bring it in a formal way to the doors of the EU institutions, the coalition has decided to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The example of the “Right2Water” ECI has shown that this tool can really be politically effective. An ECI needs to collect 1 million signatures across the EU within 12 months and the signatures have to come from at least one quarter of the Member States (i.e. currently 7 states).

We would very much like …………… to support us in the planned ECI on TTIP. We want to register and publicise the ECI in July so that we can begin collecting signatures in September.

Preparations for the ECI are currently being coordinated by Campact, Attac, BUND, Umweltinstitut München and Mehr Demokratie. As of now, 77 organisations from 12 EU Member States are supporting the ECI. In addition to Germany, the level of support in Portugal, Luxembourg, Great Britain and Finland (at the very least) is strong enough for us to be fairly confident of reaching the country quota. Our goal is to expand the coalition to include at least 100 support organisations by the time the signature collection begins, and to cover as many EU states as possible. Judging by the current state of the preparations we believe it very likely that we will achieve the required 1 million signatures.

Enclosed [or, if digital: Attached] you will find a description of the campaign, including the formal wording of the ECI as it has to be presented to the Commission at registration. In addition, I am sending you a current supporter list and a checklist for possible support measures. For example, any organisation supporting the ECI should in any event distribute information through its own email mailing list and also publicise the ECI through its own website, Facebook page and Twitter.

If you have any questions about the ECI process or the planned campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me. Since we want to register the ECI in July, it would be great if you could let us know as soon as possible whether you will support this important initiative.

Yours very sincerely,

Michael Efler



Mehr Demokratie e.V.
Dr. Michael Efler

Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin

Tel.:   030 42082370
Fax:    030 42082380
Mobils: 0173 961 0454

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