Kansalaisvaikuttaminen olkoon uusi termi aiheista, joita näissä kuukausikatsauksissani käsittelen. Se tarkoittaa Wikipedian mukaan ”tapoja vaikuttaa politiikkaan, yritysten toimintaan ja mediaan”, eli se ehkä ymmärrettäisiin vähän laajempana käsitteenä kuin pelkkä ”poliittinen toiminta”. Siltikin näihin kirjoituksiin tulevat mukaan myös tiedot, miten oma vaalikampanjointini edistyy. Edelleen kirjoitukseni blogeissani, foorumeilla ja sähköpostilistoilla jäävät näiden katsausten ulkopuolelle, sillä ne löytyvät muualtakin.
Olen allekirjoittanut seuraavat adressit:
* Google — stop funding climate deniers (SumOfUs)
* Stop forest destruction for tar sand oil: Say no to CETA! (Rainforest Rescue)
* Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA
* A deathtrap for wildlife: stop Thailand’s forest highway (Rainforest Rescue)
* Free conscientious objector Henri Sulku (War Resisters’ International)
* Tell McDonald’s to only buy palm oil from responsible suppliers (SumOfUs)
* Stop the chainsaws: save the home of the Woodlark cuscus (Rainforest Rescue)
Olen osallistunut konsultaatioon ”European Ombudsman’s own-initiative inquiry towards the European Commission concerning transparency and public participation in relation to the TTIP negotiations (OI/10/2014/RA)” seuraavalla tavalla:
Measures to be taken for the transparency:
The negotiating documents are to be made public. The European Council has previously argued that it had wide discretion not to disclose any document that threatened EU interests. However, isn’t a democracy all about the citizens? Shouldn’t it be us who decide when our interests are being threatened? The Council isn’t even chosen directly by the citizens in an election, therefore it does not have the right to speak for us about what our interests are even using the justification that ”it is chosen by the citizens” because it is not, or at the very least quite indirectly. Also, the devil is in the detail and it is only by scrutinising the detail in these negotiating documents that those not directly involved in the negotiations can know where these devils lie.
Documents that contain the proposals made during TTIP negotiations should also be always made public without delay.
Accompanying explanatory material, discussion papers and negotiating texts also.
The EU should lay open all communication between any lobbyists, especially those of big business.
The EU should release a list of all the meetings that corporations have had with lawmakers.
This is how I think transparency will affect the negotiations:
First of all, if it’s even going to be pass is right now not at all certain since the public at least has been very critical of it as well as many MEPs. If the public had more knowledge that would at least be one big point of controversy solved, and furthermore the criticism would be more based on facts and therefore more useful to the negotiations.
Also, it would be much harder for any proposals that are detrimental to the public to pass. Right now the corporations seem to be overly represented and it’s the basis of some of the fear for the TTIP.