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:
- Lisa Muhr und Igor Sapic, Göttin des Glücks (Vienna)
- Ernst Gugler, gugler GmbH (Lower Austria)
- Gert Rücker, JMB Fashion Team (Styria)
- Volker Plass, Plass Grafik (Vienna)
- Max Schachinger, Schachinger Logistik (Upper Austria)
- Johannes Gutmann, SONNENTOR (Lower Austria)