The Trojan Horse is shaken – time for Hungarian government to stop backing TTIP

Demonstrating in front of the Parliament Building, Hungarian NGOs were calling citizens’ attention to the forming EU-US free trade agreement (TTIP) as well as to its “little brother”, the similar EU-Canada treaty (CETA). Not only do both agreements undermine our democratic achievements but they soften up health and food safety standards, thus destroying Europe’s agriculture.

“The Trojan Horse symbolizes the risks involved with TTIP,” Róbert Fidrich, the programme coordinator of the Hungarian National Society of Conservationists – Friends of the Earth Hungary (MTVSZ) stated. The NGOs say the Trojan Horse is already shaken but the support of the public is still needed.

“The question is if the society’s stance is enough when neither the government party nor the opposition that calls itself the political left does anything to block the colonization efforts of multinational companies?

No wonder there are no politicians here from Fidesz, the Socialists or the Democratic Coalition since they all backed the TTIP in the votes of the European Parliament as a quasi coalition,”
Jobbik MEP Zoltán Balczó voiced his concerns, who also spoke in the demonstration. He reminded the participants that Fidesz MEP György Schöplin had sent a letter to the MEPs of the V4 countries  urging them to vote for the TTIP and, in fact, had  campaigned fervently for Euro-Atlantic relations.

Jobbik’s politician said not only did the European Commission hold information back from MEPs, it even misled them – as the leaked documents show that the principle of precaution required in Europe was not raised as an issue in the TTIP negotiations. In Zoltán Balczó’s view, it is clear that Brussels is sacrificing European agriculture in return for the overseas market acquisition of the companies involved in the automobile and other service industries.

Politics Can Be Different Party (LMP) co-president András Schiffer and his fellow party members also took part in the event. He was not surprised that neither the politicians of the “caviare left” nor those of the People’s Party that toes the line of the globalist agenda showed up to demonstrate against the free trade agreement. He told us that he felt it was time to shake up the Hungarian society so that the information on the TTIP’s risks could be communicated to as many people as possible. The opposition MP emphasized that the government’s malingering about this matter must be finally ended.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szíjjártó and State Secretary István Mikola must abandon this baloney – there’s nothing to negotiate about, the negotiations must be stopped,” András Schiffer pointed out. Bernadett Széll, the other co-president of the eco-party warned that we can by no means be sure that the Hungarian Parliament would have the majority to block the TTIP. She also emphasized that NGOs had a great potential, no wonder the Orbán government conducted a campaign against them. The NGOs’ demonstration was followed by Jobbik MPs Márton Gyöngyösi’s and Lajos Kepli’s press conference held in front of the Parliament.

Márton Gyöngyösi, the national party’s foreign policy specialist reminded the participants that TTIP favoured the American risk-based approach over Europe’s principle of precaution. The free trade agreement has led to a confrontation between Europe’s elitist leadership and the citizens of our continent, and we should finally decide whose interests we want to protect: the consumers or the multinational companies,” said Jobbik’s MP. Gyöngyösi also warned that the Commission wanted to introduce CETA with a “preliminary approval”, thus evading the national Parliaments. “The negotiations must be stopped,” the politician pointed out.

Jobbik MP Lajos Kepli, the party’s environmental specialist said that the TTIP posed a risk for Hungarian environmental treasures as well as food safety. The United States has refused to sign any climate protection agreements, he explained, adding that there was no reference to climate protection in the text of the TTIP, either.

The MP of the national party emphasized that if the TTIP fails to be ratified before the US presidential elections, then the German and French elections may as well extend the negotiations until 2018, when a new Jobbik government may channel the discussions in a different direction.

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