EP Trade committee chair Lange on publication of TTIP negotiating mandate
Better late than never: - “The publication of the TTIP negotiating mandate is an important step towards more transparency in these trade talks. And while late is better than never, I still hope that member states will show more willingness to listen to and act upon the repeated calls of MEPs and citizens in the future”, said chair of the EP’s trade committee Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) on Thursday, following decision by the EU Council to declassify its mandate for talks on a EU-US trade agreement.
“MEPs have called on numerous occasions on EU member states to make the TTIP negotiating mandate public. It is fundamental for the broad, fact-based public debate on TTIP in Europe that we need to explore the real chances and concerns surrounding the agreement" added Mr Lange.
The negotiating mandate published on Thursday is the basis on which the EU Commission conducts trade talks and represents EU interests in talks with the United States for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The mandate was issued following unanimous support by the EU Council in June 2013.
Once negotiated, the TTIP will need the European Parliament’s backing in order to be ratified.