The EU and democratic control over Scotland’s economy.

Congress reaffirms its call for a Scottish parliament with effective powers to promote Scotland’s economic development, to intervene industrially in case of failing enterprises, to respond to market failure and to provide for the comprehensive planning of infrastructure and essential services through public ownership. 

Congress notes that. despite the greater tax powers agreed by the Smith Commission and embodied in subsequent legislation, the Scottish Parliament remains barred from any effective public sector intervention by EU Treaty clauses that prohibit ‘state aid’ and mandate competition in almost all sectors of the economy.

Congress believes that these clauses represent a negation of the democracy of the Scottish people.

Congress sees this negation of democracy as embodied in the current negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Treaty. It notes that the EU Commission’s exclusive power over trade negotiations have allowed it to conduct discussions with the US in conditions of secrecy that have maximised access for big business and minimised access for trade unions and the representatives of civic society. The implementation of TTIP will still further inhibit any ability of the Scottish government to exercise democratic control over the Scottish economy, to protect labour standards and to safeguard the livelihoods of the Scottish people.

Congress expresses its outright opposition to TTIP and calls on the General Council to campaign for the recovery of democratic rights over economic development.