Look! The TTIP is public!

By | October 10, 2014

Do you wonder what exactly is going on in the TTIP Agreement, which rumors have taking all sorts of tangents in closed-door discussions? Those days are at an end – the document is now declassified and available for everyone to look at.

The TTIP itself is based on the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), another closed-doors-negotiation document that hasn’t made it to public scrutiny in the last five-or-so years in which it has been under negotiation. There have been a lot of rumors concerning how demands in negotiation could affect consumers, including:

– The right to privacy and the ‘liberalization’ of European laws
– Loosening of food labeling restrictions, e.g. regional protection for names on certain foods or labeling requirements for meats containing hormone injections
– Loosening of production standard restrictions and consumer protection standards
– Impact on worker wages and working conditions

The document is now up for criticism, and I’d expect that some more detailed analysis on major topical blogs, and possibly an increased amount of electronic communications headed towards Brussels, to take place within the next 24 hours.

Originally shared by +European Commission

TTIP document declassified – negotiating mandate for talks on EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships is now public

EU governments have chosen today to make the TTIP negotiating mandate public – something We’ve been encouraging them to do for a long time.

You can find the document here http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-11103-2013-DCL-1/en/pdf

More about TTIP http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/


4 thoughts on “Look! The TTIP is public!

  1. Dirk Reul

    Absolutely agree, then again considering that the EU parliament is the dumping ground for politicians who are a disgrace on so many levels, like Günther Oettinger and his knowledge, skills and opinions specifically related to his position as the digital commissioners, makes me question the entire way the EU is currently run, setup and how they do their work. Which seems to be anything but the great basic idea of the EU which I hold dear.

  2. Sophie Wrobel

    +Dirk Reul I hear you – I agree that this declassification should have taken place much earlier, and that citizens deserve a way to understand what is being agreed upon and voice their opinions during the formation and negotiation process.

  3. Dirk Reul

    About bloody time. However I do feel that this is pretty late and just because it is now visible, does not mean that anything about it is going to change. It was still all arranged between stakeholders who clearly have non of our best interests in mind.

    I am looking forward to seeing more detailed analysis in the next days. Thank you for the share, +Sophie Wrobel


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