The position of Barcelona City Council on TTIP
The City Council of Barcelona supports the rights of citizens to be consulted on important issues such as TTIP. It believes that this free-trade agreement affects municipal sovereignty, as well as the capacity to decide about issues like public procurement or the municipalisation of services, such as water. The agreement also threatens small businesses and SMEs, and by not fostering international fair trade it puts at risk important benefits towards social wellbeing.
Barcelona declared itself a TTIP-free city when a formal motion was passed by the Plenary Council in September 2015. This proclamation has the support of over 90 associations and citizen platforms part of the “Catalonia no to TTIP” Campaign, on the understanding that TTIP free-trade measures would imply weakening the quality of current regulations and standards protecting citizen rights in consumer, employment and environmental matters.
Pan-European Meeting about TTIP in Barcelona
On 21 April 2016 the first Pan-European meeting of Local Authorities and the New Generation of Free Trade Agreements was held in Barcelona, organised by the City Council of Barcelona. The aim of this first international meeting was to bring together and strengthen the influence of European cities against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
As a result, the "Barcelona Declaration" was approved by all the cities at the meeting, requesting that the current negotiations on TTIP and TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) should be suspended, and a new mandate established to gather together the requests of all those stakeholders who have not been consulted. The document also appeals to the European Parliament, the European Council and to national governments to not ratify CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement of the European Union with Canada).