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- 1 Leaks
- 2 Documents published by institutions
- 3 Reports
- 4 News articles and analysis by topic
- 5 Other sources of information
- 6 Prolific news sources
(there have been more leaks, please add them if you have the time)
- Leaked documents TTIP reveal substantial EU commitments, public services not excluded - 13 June 2014 - European Federation of Public Service Unions
- Leaked version of TAFTA Energy chapter dated of 20 September 2013 - Analysis by Sierra Club and PowerShift (Germany) – 19 May 2014
- Leaked EU analysis of TTIP IPR negotiations - 28 March 2014
The directives for the negotiation on TAFTA, as adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) on 14 June 2013.
Documents published by institutions
- EU Commssion - TAFTA website
- European Commission - Towards an EU - US trade deal. Making trade work for you. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): We're listening and engaging
- European Commission - Hearing in JURI Committee of the European Parliament on the “Regulatory coherence and the implementation of EU law” in the context of TAFTA (video?) - 11 February 2014
- 'CETA' The EU's free trade agreement with Canada and its intellectual property rights provisions (August 2012)
- NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens' privacy - 12.2.2014
- UK Parliamentary proceedings on TTIP/TAFTA (search for TTIP in website to find reference) (25.2.2014)
- EU-US trade talks – fourth round to start in Brussels on Monday 10 March
- United States Trade Represetative - Website on TTIP/TAFTA
- European Commission - EU Commission - TAFTA - The Facts.pdf EU-US Trade Agreement – The Facts - 27 February 2014
- Speech of Karel De Gutch: Making the most of Europe – the EU's common commercial policy as a driver for growth - 21/02/2014
- Press Release: EU trade chief following EU-US trade deal stock taking: good progress, time to go the extra mile (fr) - 18 February 2014
- Announcement of the 4th round of negotiations - 28 January 2014
- Announcement of the start of a public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement planned for March 2014 - 21 January 2014
- Nicole Bricq's (French Minister for Foreign Trade) interveiw [fr] about TAFTA
- Press release of the EU Commission conluding the 2nd round of TAFTA - 15 November 2013
- The Econonic Analysis of the TAFTA explained by the EU Commission - September 2013
- Minutes of Civil Society Dialogue meeting - 22 July 2013
- Closing press briefing of the first round of TAFTA negotiations - 12 July 2013
- EU letter sent to the US Chief Trade Negotiators about transparency - 5 July 2013
- Press release of the Council of the EU, announcing the approbation of a mandate for the negotiation of a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the United States - 14 June 2013
- European Parliament resolution on TAFTA, adopted in reaction to the massive spying by the USA - 23 May 2013
- US Gov Notification Letter - 20 March 2013
- Impact Assessment Report on the future of EU-US trade relations - Accompanying the document "Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations" - 12 March 2013
- Recommendations of the High Level Working Group, led by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, emphasizing the need for a transatlantic trade agreement - 11 February 2013
- Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on ‘Transatlantic relations and the international promotion of the European social model’ - 17 February 2011
- Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Transatlantic Relations: ‘How to improve the participation of civil society’ - 25 March 2009
- European Voice - TTIP round ends with mixed messages
Initial EU Position Papers
- Source of documents
- Trade Cross-cutting disciplines and Institutional provisions
- Public Procurement
- Raw materials and energy
- Sanitary and phytosanitary issues
- Trade and sustainable development
- Technical barriers to trade
- Opinion of the French Digital Council on TAFTA - Rapport du Conseil National du Numérique (7 mai 2014)
Summary of recommendations: 1) European Union values are vital levers for building a negotiating strategy on the digital chapter; 2) Europe’s digital market structure must be based on lasting safeguards: the right to regulate, the ability to regulate in the future, and respect for the European Union’s sovereignty and freedom of competition are among their number. They must be used in negotiating the digital chapter of the proposed partnership; 3) The European Union is in a position to add to the opening-up and extension of its digital market by developing trade relations with new partners such as countries in Asia and Africa; 4) With a market of 500 million consumers, mobilisation of both public and private stakeholders is a priority: putting together a digital strategy and strengthening alliances between Member States are both positive levers for successful trade negotiation.
- Report on legal implications of tafta for the acquis communautaire - Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament - October 2013
This study discusses the potential impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement on the EU acquis in the areas of the environment and food safety. It recommends, in particular, that the European Parliament pay very close attention to the precise wording of provisions regarding the environment, food safety, and investment set out in the final text to ensure that both parties are able to maintain the environmental and consumer protection standards they deem appropriate, as provided for in the European Commission’s negotiating mandate.
- Brave new transatlantic partnership - Seattle to Brussels Netword - October 2013
The proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partners hip (TTIP/TAFTA), and its socio-economic & environmental consequences
- A transatlantic corporate bill of rights - investor privileges in EU-US trade deal threaten public interest - October 2013 (version FR)
The EU negotiating mandate for a far-reaching free trade agreement with the US reveals the European Commission’s plans to enshrine more powers for corporations in the deal. The proposal follows a persistent campaign by industry lobby groups and law firms to empower large companies to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect their profits. As a result, EU member states could soon find domestic laws to protect the public interest challenged in secretive, offshore tribunals where national laws have no weight and politicians no powers to intervene. Read the updated version of our initial analysis from June this year.
DG Trade (PVM) presented the steps taken so far and the future ones in view of the discussion with the US on the IPR chapter.
News articles and analysis by topic
Check out articles by Glyn Moody
- Pierre Defraigne (previously Director General in the Commission, DG Trade) Choosing between TTIP and Europe - EN - November 2013
- Collectif Stop TAFTA - Tract 4 pages
- Mediapart - Traité de libre-échange: le débat Nicole Bricq / Yannick Jadot - 27/03/14
- Fondation Copernic [FR] - Le grand marché transatlantique contre les peuples - 13/12/13
- EU Observer EU-US trade talks could become 'another Acta' - 18/12/13
- IP Watch - TTIP Leak Illustrates Depth Of “Enhanced Regulatory Cooperation” As NGOs Sound Off - 16/12/13
- EFF - TAFTA, the US-EU's Trojan Trade Agreement: Talks (and Leaks) Begin - 08/07/13
- Knowledge Ecology International - Leaked EU analysis of TTIP IPR negotiations - 28 March 2014
- IP-Watch Alleged Leaked EU Analysis Sheds Light On TTIP Negotiations On IP - 28 March 2014
- Dr Monica Horten TTIP Christmas Wish - 24 December 2013
- Propriété intellectuelle : la Commission outrepasse son mandat en négociant avec les industriels américains - 20 décembre 2013
- Tech Dirt - Not Learning From ACTA: IPR Protection And Enforcement Seen As 'Less Difficult Issue' For TAFTA/TTIP - 24 April 2013
- Investment agreements: A new threat to health and TRIPS flexibilities? - 27 June 2013
- CETA's leaked Intellectual Property chapter ( /!\ PDF)
- Acta Blog - FFII- Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter - February 28, 2014
- Ralf Bendrath - TTIP and TiSA: big pressure to trade away privacy - Analysis for Statewatch - 17 September 2014
- Green group EP - Transatlantic Data Flows and the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Ensuring compatibility with European Data Protection standards - Public Conference - 5 March 2014
- Heinrich Böll Stiftung - Albrecht - Datenschutz ist nicht verhandelbar (Data protection is not negociable - 21 May 2014 - DE
- Wall Street Journal - Online Privacy Could Spark U.S.-EU Trade Rift - 08 January 14
- Privacy International - Privacy is not a commodity to be traded - 21 June 2013
- Civil Society Declaration - “IP out of TAFTA” - 15 March 2013
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
- Corporate Europe - Still not loving ISDS: 10 reasons to oppose investors’ super-rights in EU trade deals - 16 April 2014
- European Commission's Consultation on ISDS (closes 6 July 2014)
- ViEUws (video)- TTIP: EU & US consumers want ISDS out, argues Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue - 6 March 2014
- No fracking way: how the EU - US trade agreement risks expanding fracking
- Jan Kleinheisterkamp, London School of Economics - Law Department - Is there a Need for Investor-State Arbitration in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)? - 14 February 2014
- International Institute for Sustainable Development A Response to the European Commission’s December 2013 Document "Investment Provisions in the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)". February 2014.
- Lightning conference that Ante (FFII ACTA blog) gave at the 30C3, the 30th Chaos communication conference of the German CCC in Hamburg. Talk on ISDS delivered at 30C3 - 28 December 2013
- FFII - EU faces double whammy with investor-to-state dispute settlement - 12 December 2013
- Corporate Europe [EN] 
Transparency, Obfuscation and Lobbying
In general, checking out the website of Corporate Europe Observatory is probably the best way to start. Here is a list of articles they published, but it is by no means exhaustive.
- KEI - EU's TTIP Anti-Transparency Rules laid out in DG-Trade letter to USTR - 1. July 2014
- Corporate Europe Observatory - What are you hiding? The opacity of the EU-US trade talks - 17 February 2014
- Notat - Elected politicians excluded from EU-US negotiations - 19 December 2013
- Karel de Gucht in The Guardian - You're wrong, George Monbiot – there is nothing secret about this EU trade deal - 18 December 2013
- Corporate Europe Observatory - European Commissioner Šefčovič concerned about the growing presence of US law firms in Brussels expanding their lobbying presence as a result of the EU-US trade negotiations - 9 December 2013
- FFII - FFII website. European Parliament International Trade committee Chairman Vital Moreira "European Parliament waives the right to be informed" - 5 December 2013
- Arrêt sur images - Accords transatlantiques : "Ce secret est anormal" - 15 novembre 2013
- New York Times Lobbying Bonanza as Firms Try to Influence European Union - 18 Octoeber 2013
- New York Times - European Officials Consulted Business Leaders on Trade Pact - 8 October 2013
- Tech Dirt - UK Government Study Tries To Gloss Over TAFTA/TTIP's Problems With Impossibly Precise Figures - 26 September 2013
- Corporate Europe Observatory - Busting the myths of transparency around the EU-US trade dea (fr)- 25 September 2013
- Corporate Europe Observatory - European Commission preparing for EU-US trade talks: 119 meetings with industry lobbyists - 4 September 2013
- Corporate Europe Observatory - Unravelling the spin: a guide to corporate rights in the EU-US trade deal - 9 July 2013
- Corporate Europe Observatory [FR] - [http://corporateeurope.org/fr/trade/2014/01/pour-en-finir-avec-les-mythes-de-transparence-autour-des-n-gociations-commerciales-ue Pour en finir avec les mystes de transparence autour des negotiations -
Agriculture & Environment
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Leaked document reveals US-EU trade agreement threatens public health, food safety - 23 July 2014 - On the (non)enforcement of food safety regulations
- Friends of the Earth Europe Dirty deals - 17 July 2014 - How corporate lobby groups are using trade threats, and particularly TTIP as a vehicle to attack, weaken and delay important environmental regulation still in the making.
- FR: Jacques Berthelot La Folie d’intégrer l’agriculture dans l’accord de libre-échange transatlantique - June 2014 - Impact assessment product by product
- What are the likely consequences of an EU-US trade deal for our environment? - 17 April 2014
- Don’t sacrifice EU environmental standards to get trade deal with US, warns Greenpeace policy director - 9 April 2014
- US calls for ambitious agricultural talks, underlines Darci Vetter – US Department of Agriculture - 8 April 2014
- The Guardian What does the biggest free trade deal in history mean for the environment? - 14 March 2014
- Fracking: Corporate Europe No Fracking Way
- Euractiv EU and US mull digital economy chapter in TTIP - July 2014
- Financial: Corporate Observatory Europe - Accord UE-US : menaces sur la réglementation financière - 14 February 2014
- Education: EurActiv TTIP 'threatens' European education quality, teachers say - 17 March 2014
- Interview of Karel De Gutch about TAFTA
- TAFTA Crossborder Letter signed by nearly 100 organizations from the U.S. and the EU
- Audio recording of the stakeholders meeting after the 2nd round
Other sources of information
- Alliance D19 (Belge) http://www.d19-20.be/fr/
- Collectif Stop Tafta
Schaake is a Member of the European Parliament.
- TTIP FAQ of Marietje Schaake
- European Report Says Canadian Privacy Law Should Be Re-Examined Due to Surveillance Activities (9.1.2014)
- [EN] EU Assures that CETA Does Not Contain ACTA Copyright Rules (21.10.2013)
unclassified articles (need to be classed)
- American Chamber of Commerce: http://www.amchameu.eu/TTIP/tabid/400/Default.aspx/
- [EN] IP and privacy in TTIP / TAFTA (25.2.2014)
There are many relevant articles on ATTAC's website (in French), here is a selection:
- Le grand marche transatlantique
- Les régions Île-de-France et PACA demandent l’arrêt des négociations du grand marché transatlantique - 3 mars 2014
- Lettre ouverte envoyée par ATTAC à Nicole Bricq - 27 février 2014
- Lettre ouverte à Nicole Bricq : faites la transparence sur les négociations du Partenariat transatlantique ! - 13 février 2014
Stop Tafta Coalition (France)
These websites contains many articles and videos on TAFTA, especially in French.
Prolific news sources
Updates by Glyn Moody
This is all taken from Open Enterprise webpage on ComputerWorldUK's website.
- Update XXIII: Why the European Commission's consultation on ISDS is a sham, and fails to provide the promised "draft"
- Update XXII: ISDS attacks on EU nations have begun - and that's before TTIP would make it even more likely and costly
- Update XXI: Why that best-case "€119 bn" GDP boost to EU economy equates to just an extra cup of coffee every month
- Update XX: All about transparency in TTIP - or, rather, the almost complete lack of it; includes details of three phantom EU consultations I never heard about, and few took part in
- Update XIX: A newly-discovered CETA bug shows why the European Commission needs transparency; also, why regulatory data must be opendata
- Update XVIII: New leaks, new Web sites, a hidden threat from the "most-favoured nation" approach, and an astonishing claim that Germany wants ISDS out of TTIP
- Update XVII: Bad news, lots of leaks, plus debunking another misleading European Commission documents
- Update XVI: More details emerge on ISDS provisions, and a rather ironic call for transparency from the paranoid opaque USTR (United States Trade Representative)
- Update XV: There are growing calls to keep data protection out of TAFTA/TTIP - and to reject the agreement if the privacy of European citizens is not adequately protected.
- Update XIV: What new CETA leaks tell us about EU's plans to re-vamp ISDS - and why they aren't enough to protect European sovereignty or democracy
- Update XIII: Big news: EU pulls ISDS to allow unprecedented public consultation; UK report says ISDS in TTIP would bring little or no benefit.
- Update XII: Why the US Fast Track bill guarantees that TAFTA's ISDS chapter will be one-sided and unfair for EU companies.
- Update XI: So it looks like TAFTA/TTIP is, in fact, ACTA by the backdoor - despite what Mr De Gucht has said...
- Update X: Another (failed) attack, this time by Karel De Gucht, the EU's trade commissioner, who laughably tries to claim that there is no lack of transparency in the TAFTA negotiations, and that it's worth accepting the threats posed by ISDS.
- Update IX: How an astonishing attack on Corporate Europe Observatory reveals a floundering European Commission increasingly concerned that it is losing control of the TAFTA/TTIP debate.
- Update VIII: Lifting the lid on how a new transatlantic "TTIP Regulatory Council" would bring in massive deregulation, with a consequent lowering of food, health and environmental standards in Europe.
- Update VII: Yet another, increasingly desperate attempt to justify the unjustifiable inclusion of ISDS in TAFTA/TTIP, and why the arguments simply don't stand up to scrutiny.
- Update VI: An analysis of a leaked document outlining the European Commission's communication strategy for TAFTA/TTIP, and a look at how disastrous other trade agreements like NAFTA and KORUS have been.
- Update V: A discussion of a major Wikileaks document discussing intellectual monopolies in TAFTA/TTIP's sister agreement, TPP, and what it means for TTIP.
- Update IV: An exploration of how the public is kept in the dark over TAFTA/TTIP, and the dangrous asymmetries it contains.
- Update III: A point-by-point rebuttal of a document in which the European Commission tries to prove that the presence of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP is not a problem.
- Update II: An introduction to investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS), and why its presence in TAFTA/TTIP is a grave threat to European sovereignty, open source and the Internet.
- Update I: A review of the few details that emerged from the first round of negotiations, including an attempt by the European Commission to convince us that TAFTA/TTIP is not another ACTA.
- EU_TTIP: https://twitter.com/EU_TTIP_team