Austria

KMU gegen TTIP (SMEs against TTIP Austria)

The initiative »KMU against TTIP« has been launched by six entrepreneurs. It presented itself in July 2015 to the public countering the argument of the European Commission that the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US as well as the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada would be particularly beneficial for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The initiative aims at shedding light on the fact that the vast majority of SMEs operate on the local, regional, EU and European markets. Less than one percent of Austrian – and also European – SMEs export to the US. While increased export opportunities for SMEs are repeatedly highlighted by the proponents of TTIP, i.e. the European Commission, governments and special interest groups that should represent SMEs – in Austria the Chamber of Commerce -, nothing is said about the potential impact risks of TTIP for the 99 percent of SMEs whose main markets are located in Europe.

»KMU against TTIP« wants to inform Austrian SMEs about the possible consequences of TTIP and CETA and give SMEs a possibility to express their concerns by offering the possibility to sign an online resolution. Until April 2016 more than 2,300 small and medium sized companies from across Austria have signed the petition. The sectors involved are diverse and range from commerce and craft, communication and consulting, liberal professions and trade to tourism and leisure, banking and insurance, transport as well as the processing industry.

Please find here the brochure “SMES against TTIP”, Austria: >>Why 99 percent of companies do not benefit from TTIP<<

The founders of the initiative are:

Website: http://kmu-gegen-ttip.at

Contact:
Logistikpark 1
4063 Hörsching

Bauern und Bäuerinnen gegen TTIP (Farmers against TTIP)

The initiative “Farmers against TTIP” has been launched in autumn 2015 by ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria. The European Commission and important agrarian stakeholders claim TTIP to be an opportunity for European agriculture. On the contrary, the signatories of the initiative are convinced that particularly small farmers in Austria and the EU, who have rightly been supported and protected by the public, will be severely threatened by TTIP and CETA.

A majority of the farms in Austria and the EU would be subject to threatening price competition as a result of increased trade with agro industrially manufactured products. In addition, there is a risk that the precautionary principle, which is the basis of food standards in the EU, will be sacrificed according to interests of individual corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. While the EU Commission and mainstream Austrian agrarian stakeholders merely disseminate data and facts about export opportunities of a few niche products, the potential negative impact on the majority of European enterprises is neither discussed nor is there a serious effort to gather information. Whether the propagated “red lines” in the negotiations can be enforced is uncertain. Thus, alleged opportunities for agriculture face a much longer list of risks.

So far, more than 1000 farmers have supported the petition against TTIP. More than 30 local peasant committees have signed a resolution against TTIP. Our target for 2016 is 3000 signatures of farmers and at least 50 local peasant committees.

Questions & Contact
Farmers against TTIP
Email: info@bauern-und-baeuerinnen-gegen-ttip.at
Website: www.bauern-und-baeuerinnen-gegen-ttip.at
Social Media: www.facebook.com/BBggTTIP

Gemeinwohlökonomie (Economy for the Common Good Austria)

The international movement “Economy for the Common Good” (ECG) started in October 2010 on the initiative of a dozen companies in Austria with just that objective in mind: the economy has to be brought in line with constitutional values such as human dignity, cooperation, sustainability, social justice and transparency. The ECG is a comprehensive and coherent economic model which provides an alternative to both major historic narratives “capitalism” and “communism”.

Core Ideas

• The contradictions between the universal goals found in democratic constitutions and actual economic behavior are addressed and resolved by a change in the legal rules for economic activities. Incentives will be created for the adherence to constitutional values.

• Economic success is currently measured using monetary indicators like the Gross Domestic Product and financial balance sheets. Success is not measured in terms of human needs, quality of life, and fulfillment of fundamental values but by the accumulation of money. A “Common Good Balance Sheet” will fundamentally rectify this distorted thinking and practice.

Website: www.ecogood.org

Contact:
Vereinsbüro Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie
Garnisongasse 7/17, 1090 Wien
Email: info@gemeinwohl-oekonomie.org

Moving Regulation out of Democratic Reach: Regulatory Cooperation in CETA and its Implications Austria

Moving Regulation out of Democratic Reach: Regulatory Cooperation in CETA and its Implications

2016-10-24

Regulatory cooperation in CETA potentially has profound implications. It is part of a broader international effort by the rich countries and their companies to control domestic regulation through international trade