Case Study – Civil Society in Ireland fighting against TTIP/CETA

By – Stephen O’Brien Introduction  The civil society organisation this paper will critically evaluate is the Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens Ireland (ATTAC). ATTAC Ireland was established in the country back in 1999. The organisation believes in equality, environmental sustainability and in the power of grassroots movements to push […]

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Toxic chemical legislation is REACHing an all time low

All chemicals which came after 1976 are allowed enter the market unless the EPA can establish “unreasonable risk.” The agency only has 90 days to make a decision, who rarely have all the toxicity data it needs. Therefore all substances that the industry want to sell are allowed go on to the market.

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CETA – The average modern day free trade agreement

  The ‘Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement’ (CETA) is a free trade agreement currently being finalised between the EU and Canada. This agreement vies to reduce non-tariff barriers between the two nations, attempting to harmonise standards and regulations across numerous industries. This bi-lateral free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret since 2009 with negotiations ceasing […]

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European make-up and cosmetics regulations could drastically change soon

European cosmetics market faces future obstacles   Cosmetics is a broad term for products which a person utilises in the upkeep of their appearance, such as; foundation, toothpaste, suntan lotion, lip balm, mouthwash or anti-dandruff shampoo. The European cosmetic market currently has 1,378 chemical substance banned from being used in cosmetics in stark contrast to […]

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