S&D president Gianni Pittella said:
"We believe that a good and fair TTIP can bring many benefits to European citizens and enterprises in terms of growth and jobs, and will also avoid a global race to the bottom on human rights, environmental and labour standards. But I say a good TTIP, not any TTIP.
"Unlike the liberal view of trade accepted by ALDE and EPP and the protectionist left, the S&D Group wants to use TTIP to harness globalisation and set standards. We successfully introduced all our demands, including the end of ISDS in trade deals. It must be replaced by a new public and transparent system of investment protection, in which private interests cannot undermine public policy and which is subject to public law. And it will set a new principle for all upcoming trade deals."