How to improve transparency of the TTIP negotiations

BEUC NEWS - 31.10.2014

Demands for transparency of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations have been voiced time and again by European ‘civil society’.

Transparency is necessary to allow stakeholders, such as national, European and transatlantic consumer groups to provide meaningful input, as a transatlantic single market could have a profound impact on consumer protections, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Even if the European Commission is willing to shed more light on the negotiating process, how to do so may not always be evident. In an effort to contribute to making the negotiations meaningful and beneficial to consumers, The European Consumer Organisation is putting forward clear suggestions on how to improve transparency in the transatlantic trade talks.

We believe that by improving: public access to documents; the stakeholders’ consultation; the role of the Advisory Group; the involvement of the European Parliament and Council the TTIP stands better chances of ultimately being approved or rejected for its actual, not alleged, content.

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