MADRID (Sputnik) – The proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, is a threat to BRICS countries, as well as other economic partnerships worldwide, Lola Sanchez, a member of the European Parliament from Spain, told Sputnik.
"The TTIP is a threat to BRICS," Sanchez said, talking about the alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
PEOPLE AND THE PLANET BEFORE PROFITS #StopTTIP #April18DoA #A18DoA 18/04:Mobilitazione Globale http://t.co/Ge81l1iG4P pic.twitter.com/k4BH1T4Egh— Valeria S. (@valy_s) 18 апреля 2015
She said the TTIP would entail a wave of privatization, which would be used to drain money from public services should they be privatized.
The United States is also negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement, with talks being held with a number of countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Peru and Singapore, among others.
Activists around Europe are set to protest against the TTIP on Saturday. The advocates of the deal say it could benefit the economic growth in both regions, but the opponents say it will make it harder for Europe to regulate markets.
TTIP is a pernicious assault on our rights as citizens. Take back democracy! #StopTTIP #A18DoA @GlobalJusticeUK pic.twitter.com/i2SOPrcynI— Birmingham FOE (@Bham_FOE) 18 апреля 2015
According to the European Commission's website, the TTIP will help generate jobs and growth in the European Union and cut prices while providing a wider variety of goods. It is also deemed to help Europe influence world trade rules and project its values globally.
It's today! 700 actions worldwide for #A18DoA Day of Action v #TTIP and other free trade deals http://t.co/YAo4Ql3E8Q pic.twitter.com/psyiIN4ljT— John Hilary (@jhilary) 18 апреля 2015