Trade Commissioner Malmstroem Promotes TTIP, Warns Against Intolerance 12/01/2016 by Intellectual Property Watch 8 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MUNICH — At a New Year’s reception of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Karlsruhe, Germany today (11 January), European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem promoted the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and warned against “extreme views, opposed to open societies and economies.” EU Trade Commissioner Malmstroem makes her case Sadly, such views often are “dominating the discussion and suggesting answers that would lead to an inward-looking, intolerant decline,” Malmstroem said. At the same time, she underlined that trade policy has to listen to new concerns and she promised she would continue to do so. Her full speech is available here [pdf]. A photo of today’s event is available here. She called the new Investment Court System proposed for TTIP “a clear break with the past,” saying it is “protecting the right to regulate” for one. But she at the same time opposed the re-opening of the EU trade deal with Canada to adjust it to the new investment protection provisions. During her stay in Karlsruhe, Malmstroem was presented with 230,000 anti-TTIP signatures which citizens from the southern State of Baden-Wurttemberg have added to the list of 3.3 million anti-TTIP signatures from the 28 member states. Earlier in the day, the trade commissioner participated in the second public session of a TTIP Committee established by the State Government of Baden-Wurttemberg. It was the second hearing for the committee, which brings together representatives from industry, academia, trade unions, churches, farmers, environmental and consumer groups as well as members of the media and the Parliament of Baden-Wurttemberg tackled the area of public services. “Social services, health and education – public services is a concern of all citizens. The trade agreement must not result in any negative consequences local public authorities who want to provide for these services,” Peter Friedrich, state minister for federal, EU and international issues, said during the meeting. Malmstroem has traveled to Germany several times in order to address concerns in the largest EU member state. In December, she announced reading rooms for national parliaments for consolidated TTIP texts in Berlin. Image Credits: Ministry of State of Baden-Wurttemburg Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related "Trade Commissioner Malmstroem Promotes TTIP, Warns Against Intolerance" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.