EU court slams EU Commission for blocking anti-TTIP movement

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The General Court of the European Union passed a ruling in support of public initiatives critical of EU legislation. The court said that movements like “Stop TTIP” could contribute to public debates on pressing issues.

The ruling in the case of the citizens’ initiative “Stop TTIP” on Wednesday effectively annulled a previous decision made by the commission several years ago. In 2014, the EU’s executive arm blocked the registration of the citizens movements, which aim to prevent the conclusion of two major trade agreements between the EU and the US (TTIP) and with Canada (CETA).

The bloc’s lower court ruled that “nothing justifies excluding legal acts from democratic debate” by “Stop TTIP” and added that the commission had been wrong to reject the initiative and its efforts as something outside the scope of citizens.

The EU had argued in 2014 that it could not allow any initiative to register that was opposed to legal proceedings already underway.

The ruling may now set a precedent for other movements that have previously been struck down by the EU Commission. Other organizations like the anti-globalization group Attac and the German environmental movement BUND have welcomed the decision…

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 10.05.2017