There are “trade” agreements being approved that the major news media are ignoring. They are secret agreements that make NAFTA look like child’s play. It is not a “trade” agreement at all but a multinational corporate bill of rights which allows corporations to sue if they feel they are losing money because of the laws of another country.
Hard to find information about it as it is a secret agreement that only lobbyists and congressmen can read. The EU did publish something that should be of interest to all mariners.
Box 7: Extracts from draft recommendations of 1 June 2015, on services 41(b)regarding market access: (…)(v) to increase market access for services according to a “hybrid list approach”, using for market access “positive lists”, whereby services that are to be opened up to foreign companies are explicitly mentioned and new services are excluded while ensuring that possible stand-still and ratchet clauses only apply to non-discrimination provisions and allow for enough flexibility to bring services of general economic interest back into public control as well as to take into account the emergence of new and innovative services and using “negative list approach” for national treatment";(vi) the negotiations should meaningfully address and remove the current US restrictions on maritime and air transport services owned by European businesses as a result of US legislation such as the Jones Act, Foreign Dredging Act, the Federal Aviation Act and the US Air Cabotage law and in relation to capital restrictions on foreign ownership of airlines,which seriously hinders market access for EU companies as well as innovation in the USitself; (…)(viii) to strive hard to ensure mutual recognition of professional qualifications, notably via the creation of a legal framework with federal states that have regulatory powers in this domain, in order to enable EU and US professionals to practise on either side of the Atlantic and to facilitate mobility of investors, professionals, highly -skilled workers and technicians between the EU and the US in sectors covered by TTIP;
The complete link is here. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2015/559502/EPRS_IDA(2015)559502_EN.pdf
I encourage all mariners to demand answers from their representatives regarding TTIP, TTP and TISA before we lose even more jobs and rights.
This thing is about to slip under the radar if we are not careful. There is little or no “trade” in this trade agreement.