In recent years, a number of critical voices speaking up against the planned free trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has emerged. In many European countries, initiatives and organizations have been founded informing about risks of TTIP and other free trade agreements. The European Movement focusses on the discussion of risks which small and medium sized enterprises are likely to encounter once TTIP is ratified: SMEs are more vulnerable to competition from global corporations entering their markets.
Why do SMEs deal with TTIP & Co?
In the EU, only 150.000 companies export directly to the United States. This is less than 1% of the more than 20 million SMEs currently registered in Europe. The European Commission largely ignores the risks TTIP brings for SMEs in the domestic market. SMEs with focus on local and regional markets will, by all appearances, suffer from cheaper US-competition, potentially resulting in job loss in the EU.
Where I can find critical voices in business sector:
How can I or my enterprise support the movement?