Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: a threat to education?
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement currently negotiated between the EU and the United States of America to remove trade barriers in various economic sectors between the two political entities. Several voices have been raised in the past weeks, including from the European Students’ Union (ESU) and from the European Trade Unions Committee for Education (ETUCE), to warn negotiators that the education sector should be excluded from the talks and therefore preserved from any deal to avoid increased pressures of marketisation and privatisation. In its press release, ESU invites stakeholders to closely monitor the evolution of pourparlers so that education remains a fundamental right. ETUCE has sent letters to Commissioners, Presidents of political groups in the European Parliament and different European Parliament Committees, and encourage their members to write to the national ministers as well.