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The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA) –two trade associations representing big pesticide companies– were awarded the “Democracy for Sale Awards” for their attempt to use the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, between the United States and the European Union) to shape current and future pesticides regulation.
Real World Radio interviewed activist Fabian Flues, trade campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, one of the organizations behind the initiative of the Awards, jointly with Corporate Europe Observatory, Lobby Control and WeMove.EU.
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The “Democracy For Sale Awards: The hidden powers co-writing TTIP” were launched mid September to denounce the lobby of powerful business groups in the negotiations of this commercial treaty.
According to a press release sent out by Friends of the Earth Europe on November 3rd, “ECPA and CropLife America received the award for their relentless efforts to bring European Union and United States pesticides safety regulation to their lowest common denominator, enabling their member companies, which include Monsanto and Syngenta, to market toxic and polluting pesticides”.
ECPA and CropLife received 15,027 votes out of 44,381, outcompeting by far the other nominees. The lobby groups nominated were BusinessEurope and the US Chamber of Commerce; the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC); the European Services Forum (ESF); the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and CropLife America (CLA); the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA); the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
Real World Radio shares the interview with Fabian Flues about the results of the “Worst Lobby Awards” and its main conclusions.
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