The Impact of TTIP in Italy

Although negotiated by national and international elites behind closed doors, TTIP is raising more and more concerns in the population. TTIP will have deep negative implications for the people and will affect their everyday life – in Italy as well as in other European countries. With this agreement many collective decisions, like the Italian public water management voted in 2010 with a referendum by a wide majority of the population, could be disregarded. In the name of international obligations the door will be opened to the liberalization and deregulation of many sectors. Actors of the civil society, unions, political parties and individuals have recently joined forces to build national and international networks against these new attacks on social welfare and democracy.

During this two days seminar we will analyze the impact of TTIP on different sectors in Italy, such as investments, public services and the environment. Thanks to the participation of activists from the USA and other European countries, we offer a platform to coordinate the work on the different topics on national and international levels. Our aim is to strengthen the network between actors in Italy, Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic, fighting against TTIP.

Programme

Saturday, 12 April 2014

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee

9:30 - 10:30 “What is TTIP all about”: general introduction of TTIP, State of the negotiations at the institutional level, Pro-TTIP positions/subjects
(John Hilary, War on want, UK)

10:30-11:00 General overview of the situation in Italy: public and institutional debate (Monica di Sisto, Fairwatch)

11:00 – 11:15 Short break

11:15 – 13:00 Introduction about the relevance of TTIP under particular thematic perspectives and discussion about the actors and the possible steps in Italy in different sectors:
11:15 – 11:50 TTIP and the privatization of public services (Marco Bersani, Attac Italia)
11:50 – 12:25 TTIP and investments (Antonio Tricarico, Re:Common)
12:25 – 13:00 TTIP and its environmental implications (Alberto Zoratti, Fairwatch)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break. Conclusion of the first day.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee

9:30 – 11:00 What is going on out there? Discussion with activists from other European countries and USA
• Mobilization and resistance in Europe against TTIP
(Lyda Fernanda Forero, Transnational Institute)
• The situation on the other side of the Atlantic. Central topics and mobilizations against TTIP in the USA
(Debbie Barker, The Center for Food Safety, USA)

11:00 – 11:15 Short break

11:15 – 13:00 TTIP from the perspective of civil society, parties and unions.
Short reports and debates with delegates of NGOs, unions, members of the Italian Parliament and institutions on common points and differences to find possible synergies, action days and to coordinate the local campaign at the international level.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Launch of the Italian campaign, presentation of the platform and next steps

15:00 Conclusion
 
Download the programme (pdf).

Links:

Il Partenariato Transatlantico Per Il Commercio E Gli Inventimenti (TTIP): Una Carta Per La Deregolamentazione, Un Attacco Ai Posti Di Lavoro, La Fine Della Democrazia / by John Hilary. Published by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office, 2014. (Italian, pdf, 1 mb)

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A charter for deregulation, an attack on jobs, an end to democracy / by John Hilary. Published by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office, 2014. (English, pdf, 3 mb)

A campaign against TTIP has been launched in Italy. More information is available on the official website.

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