EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini attends the opening of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting on December 4, 2014 in Basel. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON
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Opponents to a controversial trade pact between the EU and the United States passed a key threshold Thursday securing one million signatures on a petition they hope will force Brussels to abandon the deal.The Stop TTIP coalition, made up of NGOs and activists, said it had reached one million signatories as part of a so-called European Citizens' Initiative asking the EU to drop the project along with a similar deal with Canada.Under EU rules, an initiative of more than one million signatures forces the European Commission to review a policy and hold a hearing in the European Parliament.But already in September the European Commission preemptively refused the initiative, saying the stated purpose to stop an ongoing negotiation was legally invalid.
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