Wednesday, May 4 2016 16:18 EEST
Greenpeace leaked secret documents on US-EU trade deal
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The EU standards in the field of environment and health security are to be ruined as a result of the deal which is being prepared by the EU and the US, Greenpeace warns.

The organization got 248 pages of documents which had been prepared within the Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU, the BBC reports.

Secrecy that surrounded the negotiations raised concerns that US corporations could make the Europeans weaken consumer protection in Europe.

'The leaked documents confirm the issues we have been discussing for a long time: the TTIP will put the corporations at the center of decision-making and is to harm the environment and people’s health,' the director of Greenpeace’s department in the EU Jörg Riess said.

According to Greenpeace, the US tries to make the EU refuse the 'precautionary principle' in its attitude to potentially harmful products and adopt the American approach, which is aimed at management of risks and not their prevention.

The precautionary principle could make a manufacturer prove the absence of the product’s danger. This, for example, refers to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) whose possible risks to ecosystems and the food chain cause large debates.

The USA allows the cultivation of over 170 species of GMO plants, while only one of them (corn) was approved for commercial cultivation in the EU.

Furthermore, Greenpeace is afraid of the fact that the deals don’t provide reduction of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

According to Reuters, the European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström denied all possibilities of reducing the EU standards and described the leak as "storm in a teacup."

Malmström said in Geneva that the EU doesn’t sacrifice its principles just in order to reach the deal before the US President Barack Obama is to leave his post in January 2017.

'If the deal is not good enough, we just have to say 'sorry', but we have to put it on ice and wait for the next administration. We obviously are wasting time and impulse, but we cannot accept the TTIP’s lite version or something that is not good enough for us,' she said.

The US and the EU have to coordinate European and American legislation in several industries and sectors within the framework of the TTIP. The supporters of the partnership believe that this deal can help to increase turnover and create new businesses and jobs.

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