The European Commission has published the EU’s proposals for legal text in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it is negotiating with the US.
This is the first time the Commission has made public such proposals in bilateral trade talks and reflects its commitment to greater transparency in the negotiations. These texts set out the actual language and binding commitments which the EU would like to see in the parts of the agreement covering regulatory and rules issues. They cover competition, food safety and animal and plant health, customs issues, technical barriers to trade, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and government-to-government dispute settlement (GGDS, not to be confused with ISDS). The Commission has also published TTIP position papers explaining the EU’s approach on engineering, vehicles, and sustainable development.
To make the online documents more accessible to the non-expert, the Commission is also publishing a ‘Reader’s Guide’, explaining what each text means. It is also issuing a glossary of terms and acronyms, and a series of factsheets setting out in plain language what is at stake in each chapter of TTIP and what the EU’s aims are in each area.
The Commission intends to publish further texts and proposals in the course of the negotiations, as they become available.
To read the texts, click here on www.ec.europa.eu