Join us for a conversation on the ECT and why Ireland must leave this climate-wrecking treaty.
The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is an investment agreement between 50 countries specifically for the energy sector. It dates back to the mid 1990s, from a time when the focus was on access to oil and gas reserves in countries of the former Soviet Union, and levels of climate ambition were not high.
At the core of the ECT is the contentious investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This allows foreign companies to sue governments outside of the national legal system in secretive tribunals. The amounts at stake can be in the billions. The ECT has already generated at least 135 claims, making it the world’s most litigated ISDS agreement.
Join us for a discussion with Leah Sullivan, the Coordinator of the European Trade Justice Coalition.
Leah will be giving an overview of why Ireland must leave the ECT and the status of the campaign across Europe so far. After this we are planning on having an open discussion on the next steps campaigners in Ireland can take to make sure we end the ECT.
The event follows the release of a letter that was sent by the Comhlamh Trade Justice Group and nearly 30 Irish and international climate and development organisations calling on the Taoiseach to support a withdrawal of Ireland from the Energy Charter Treaty.