The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament welcome the publication today of EU proposals for the legal text which is being negotiated with the United States for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
David Martin, S&D spokesperson on international trade, said:
“We have been calling for greater transparency since TTIP negotiations were launched, so we appreciate the effort made by Commissioner Cecilia Mälmstrom. However, we are not fully satisfied. We also want the services schedule published, as the Commission has already done for the Trade in Services Agreement
(TiSA), which would ensure the full protection of the public services.”
S&D MEP Bernd Lange, who chairs the parliamentary trade committee, added:
"The publication of the negotiation documents is a result of our demands for more transparency in the talks with the United States. The road ahead is still long, and we will continue to encourage the Commission to demonstrate a maximum of transparency. In addition, it must be clear that the demand for more transparency does not stop at the TTIP negotiations, but also applies to all negotiations in which the EU is engaged."
The documents published today can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/ttip-texts