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A covert push for water privatisation?

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The European Commission refuses to say whether or not it is using international trade talks to push for new markets for EU-based water multinationals. Trade Commissioner Baroness Ashton appears to be following in the tradition of secrecy established by Peter Mandelson and other predecessors. It is high time for the EU to put its cards on the table. Judging from all available sources, the EU appears in fact to be pushing for including water in trade agreements whenever possible. This approach benefits EU multinationals, but is seriously at odds with securing access to clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest.

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The European Commission is publicly talking up its climate ambition on the road to the UN climate talks in Paris this December. But a new briefing by Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe shows that in reality, its recently-established advisory group for the evaluation of shale gas development is opening the back door to fracking across Europe, despite massive public opposition.
On 17 April, Via Campesina, the D190-20 Alliance and Corporate Europe Observatory held a lobby tour around the Brussels European quarter, highlighting the corporate lobbies who are pushing an aggressive agenda around TTIP (the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated). There was a particular emphasis on the impacts TTIP will have, if passed, for farmers' livelihoods, food standards, and for the way food is produced in the EU. The next negotiation round will take place on 20 April, this time in New York.
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