Orbán deceives Hungarian people on TTIP

"Fidesz got caught again misleading people about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)," said Jobbik MP Gábor Staudt in his press conference on Thursday. Referring to a meeting addressed by US Ambassador Colleen Bell last week, Mr. Staudt called it astounding that the diplomat thanked the Hungarian government for supporting the TTIP.

He reminded the public that Fidesz had declared several times that they refused to accept the treaty in its current form and would be ready to firmly represent Hungarian national interests in this matter. If Colleen Bell has been informed otherwise however, then Hungarian people "are kept in the dark" yet again, stated the politician. "We are not aware of any modifications in the TTIP's content or the negotiations having taken a different course, so it's Orbán's position that must have been changed", Mr. Staudt maintains.

Unfounded figures

He pointed out that the negotiations with the US are led by Brussels and conducted in secret. Talking about his impressions when attending TTIP-related EU events, he said he felt that while the US side is represented by "hardcore professionals" knowing exactly what they want, the European side delegates "wobbly" EU bureaucrats who are "willing to sign anything laid out in front of them". The only reason they have not signed it is because there were a few national states firmly opposing it.

He emphasized that the TTIP's potential impacts have not been demonstrated by real studies or research. Pro-TTIP advocates have only been able to present a study which forecasts the "unfounded figure" of a 1-1.5 per cent GDP growth in case the treaty is implemented. In Jobbik's view, much more profound analyses and impact studies are needed.

Jobbik believes that the agreement in the making contains several unacceptable sections. Mr. Staudt says such sections include the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which would enable the big business to place itself above national laws. The reason is that ISDS would allow multinational companies to avoid settling their disputes with member states in local jurisdiction and take their cases to international arbitration courts instead.

The MP also referred to the fundamental differences between US and EU consumer protection and food safety regulations. As a typical example, he cited that the regulation of drugs, genetically modified products and food is much more liberal in the USA. A product may be marketed there unless it's proven to be hazardous. In the EU it is the other way round, no products can be placed on store shelves unless they have clearly proven not to be hazardous to human health.

You can read more about the TTIP's expected consequences and downsides so carefully covered up by the mainstream media here.

Opinions and underwear

The MP said: "We do not trust Viktor Orbán", because "he changes opinions and allies like his underwear”. He reminded the public that the Prime Minister studied abroad on a Soros scholarship in the 1990s but he considers the US billionaire as his archenemy now. Mr. Staudt says the same kind of attitude is demonstrated in the case of the TTIP, too. "Fidesz MEPs have been supporting the TTIP in Brussels while the party's politicians kept roaring the opposite message here in Hungary," he stated.

In Jobbik's view, it has become clear by now that  "neither European nor Hungarian interests are represented" at the TTIP negotiations, contrary to a highly professional Washington which ruthlessly enforces its own interests.

 

Alfahír.hu - Jobbik.com