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The European Commission tried to deny us our democratic right to speak out against TTIP and CETA via a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). Last week, they refused to register our ECI. But democracy is not granted from above, it is made from below!
The European Commission has today rejected a proposal from our alliance for a 'European Citizens' Initiative' against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals. This decision prevents citizens from participating in EU politics.
The summer break is coming to an end and preparations for the start of the European Citizens‘ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA are intensifying. We are still waiting for the registration that we expect to get in the next few days. As soon as the Commission gives their approval, we can start collecting signatures straight away!
Answer: No one knows, according Werner Wnendt the German ambassador to Canada, “It’s an 'open question' as to how CETA will be ratified.”
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is concerned about the future of our planet and is pushing for more discussion on our environment. “Saving lives, saving the planet, saving the budget” was the statement from the head of the IMF and former Minister of Economy and Finance in France, Christine Lagarde.
Book crossing is a concept which is the act of giving a book a unique identity, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers.
On Tuesday, July 15th, the ECI coalition submitted the request to the European Commission. From September on over the period of one year we will collect at least 1.000.000 signatures in at least seven EU countries!
There are lots of things you can do to take action: a statement in a magazine, a letter to the chancellor, a website against TTIP, a meeting with a politician, the organisation of a discussion. Read what other members and supporters of the Initiative did!
Transnational companies earn millions in Germany every year, but hardly pay any taxes. While some EU-members make huge profit, the German tax authorities lose billions through profit shifting.
After Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s great efforts with his film HOME he and Michael Pitiot capture the viewer's attention again. On the documentary PLANET OCEAN, the viewer is taken on a journey through the highest heights and a magical underwater world showing the oceans’ beauty: The origin of life!
On Thursday, May 22, a few days before the European Elections we and our union partners delivered our anti-TTIP petition with over 715,000 signatures to the top candidates in the 2014 EU elections!
Until recently people thought that the problem of the ozone hole was fairly solved. Now researchers found ne “ozone killer gases”, which attack and destroy the ozone layer.
On the 19th of June, WikiLeaks released a secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement, also known as TISA. This international agreement is secretly negotiated outside the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) framework.
Is the world’s energy supply system on the verge of a major transformation? In the face of climate change, the need to build a new energy system that is based on a use of renewable energies became clear. Developing countries are showing us that it is possible to establish a self-sufficient supply using little, decentralized plants, which provide the regions with clean and independent energy.
An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale: From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City. Are the health consequences worth the economic gains?
A group of civil society organisations are now working together as an EU-wide coalition against the trade agreement TTIP between the US and the EU.
According to the latest surveys, the overall voter turnout at this year’s European elections is expected to be very low. Since 1979, voter engagement has steadily decreased, while the parliament’s power has continually risen. This trend is somewhat incongruous considering that approximately 70 percent of the legislation of EU member states is based on decisions made by the European Parliament.
Cell phones are transforming the way business is done in developing countries. In the last years they became one of the most important levers in economic development, giving the population the chance to get access to modern information technology.
EU and US are currently negotiating a trade and investment agreement. How will this deal affect people from both regions and around the world? See reflections from EU and US activists who gathered to discuss about the impacts and possible solutions.
Local Group Eckernförde organizes a panel discussion on the TTIP with members of the European Parliament. Local Group Lake Constance takes to the streets in Constance to demonstrate against the planned EU-US trade deal and fracking.
Gathered information about the contentious TTIP and other free trade agreements
What connotations does language evoke? The Eco Social Student Forum Austria (Ökosoziale Studierendenforum Österreich) organised the second installment of the Global Marshall Plan Academy. The participants were treated to two interesting panel discussions.
Unfortunately, the German energy transition has not made enough progress to eliminate the country's dependence on Russian energy imports.
Attac’s panel discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), held at the Hochschule Konstanz Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (HTWG), attracted much interest and informed a critical audience about the trade deal.
Makers unveil bigger, redesigned version of a solar-powered plane that flew from coast-to-coast in the US last year.
The current throwaway climate - where the latest technology is outdated after a year and electronics are cheaper to replace than to repair is the basis for economic growth. But infinite consumption is unsustainable with finite resources. With the economy crumbling and consumers becoming increasingly resistant to the practice, has planned obsolescence reached the end of its own life?
A funny, yet thought-provoking video clip made by the Australian initiative "Be smart, choose tap". In a bid to increase awareness of the health and environmental benefits of tap water, Yarra Valley Water has launched its “Choose Tap” program.
At the end of March, the EU Commission will most likely approve the cultivation of the GM Maize 1507 on EU land. The ramifications for people and the environment are yet to be determined and feed the controversy surrounding the issue.
Participate in the petition started by the NGO-alliance TTIP-unfairhandelbar and send a clear message to politicians! The agreements TTIP and CETA, currently being negotiated by the EU, the USA and Canada pose a direct threat to democracy.
The Non-Profit-Organization "Finance Watch" shows in a plain presentation why all actions that have been undertaken in order to prevent another world crisis, are insufficient - and why SOCIETY needs to set the rules.