Scandalous delay of the debate on EU-US free trade agreement

According to its approved agenda, the European Parliament's 10th June session was due to debate the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, after which a vote was supposed to take place as well. Referring to the high number of proposed amendments, President Martin Schulz postponed the vote, while the debate of the report was removed from the agenda in a scandalous fashion, with a minimal majority and a controversial procedure by the broad coalition of the People's Party and the Socialists. The presumable reason for the delay is that there would not have been a majority in support of a significant issue, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In other words, the majority decided not to face an open debate and tries to make a deal behind closed doors.

The website of the European Parliament welcomes all visitors with this message: "The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 751 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent you, the citizen." If it was truly so, then the Parliament would have removed the debate of this agreement from the agenda for good, and would refuse to comply with the expectations of global economic players.

Jobbik demands the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to be negotiated as an international contract that cannot be implemented without the ratification by national parliaments. In the meantime, our party will continue to represent the nation's rejection of the TTIP and do its best to block this harmful agreement.

MEP Zoltán Balczó, on behalf of Jobbik's EP delegation