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Issues paper Communicating on TTIP – Areas for cooperation between the Commission services and Member States

The directives for the negotiation on TAFTA, as adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) on 14 June 2013.

Leaked document from the EU negotiators related to Internet

Documents published by institutions


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.

The proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partners hip (TTIP/TAFTA), and its socio-economic & environmental consequences

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.

Initial EU Position Papers


News articles and analysis by topic



Data Protection

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Transparency, Obfuscation and Lobbying

Other (fracking etc)

Links to information on other Free Trade Agreements in Negotiation (TTP, CETA)

Other organisations working on this dossier

Marietje Schaake


Updates by Glyn Moody

  • 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.

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