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TTIP: EP recommendations for an EU-US trade deal

The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be of major concern to many citizens. In its recommendations to European Commission TTIP negotiators the European Parliament has mapped out its red lines.

The European Parliament takes citizens’ concerns on TTIP very seriously. Thus it is following the talks very closely to ensure that the agreement’s benefits do not come at an unacceptable cost. That is why MEPs will scrutinise and debate any text that emerges from the negotiation process before approving or not the EU-US trade deal.

Recommendations to the European Commission

TTIP: EP recommendations for an EU-US trade deal

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The European Parliament adopted on 8 July 2015 its recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). According to these recommendations an EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, as explained in the respective Parliament press release.

An EU-US agreement needs to ensure “the highest levels of protection of health and safety in line with the precautionary principle laid down in Article 191 TFEU, consumer, labour environmental and animal welfare legislation and of cultural diversity that exists in the EU”, MEPs write in their recommendations to the TTIP negotiators.

No to ISDS

Furthermore, the Parliament requests “to replace the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system with a new system for resolving disputes between investors and states which is subject to democratic principles and scrutiny, where potential cases are treated in a transparent manner by publicly appointed, independent professional judges in public hearings and which includes an appellate mechanism, where consistency of judicial decisions is ensured, the jurisdiction of courts of the EU and of the Member States is respected, and where private interests cannot undermine public policy objectives.”

Negotiation process

From the very beginning of the negotiation process, Parliament underscored European values and standards that it wishes to see upheld in the course of the talks as outlined in its resolution of 23 May 2013, adopted before the trade negotiations started.

As with all free trade agreements, the European Commission is negotiating the agreement on the basis of negotiating directives issued by the EU governments, which were finally declassified.

At the European Parliament’s insistence, the European Commission committed to enhanced transparency and agreed to publish the EU position documents. It also decided to grant all MEPs access to the restricted negotiating documents with the use of a special ‘reading room’. They are not allowed to share these documents publicly but they can get an insight into the progress of the talks.

The European Parliament does not take part in these negotiations, but there can be no final agreement without its approval. Parliament has to either approve or reject the final text, although it is not legally able to modify its provisions. However, by drawing up recommendations on agreements such as TTIP, Parliament sends a message on what it wants to see in the final agreement.

Further information

Parliament has launched the specialised webpages ‘The European Parliament and the TTIP‘ and ‘TTIP: risks and opportunities‘.

Working documents and information about the current state of play in the negotiations are available on the Commission’s TTIP webpage.

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7 thoughts on “TTIP: EP recommendations for an EU-US trade deal

  1. I have made a proposal to Finnish Socialdemocratic Party’s parliamentary group depend on start of constitutional reform what aiming to separation between Church and State. But this is only Finnish national question or act for reduce of inequality and economical abuse.

    More like stock markets opening days are taxation loss question when we realize that investments are private what have even private purposes. In Finnish model the direct loseses are about 10 % from amount of day exchange beside indirect loseses what is result from reinvestments.

    On wider scale there’s a place for economical reform as same time when global economy struggling against poverty with need to stop climate change. Increase of taxation income probably have need everywhere without change of present taxation.The existence of barriers to trade seems strange, particularly in the European Union.

    Keijo Hyvönen SDP – FI

    Posted by Keijo Hyvönen | December 29, 2015, 22:37
  2. it s stupid, when EU parliment members discuss about TTiP behind closed doors
    that s never democratic …….

    change it soooooon

    Posted by pelz | September 15, 2015, 18:40


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