The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) has submitted a response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation regarding transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.
Since the EU-U.S. trade talks started in 2013, some positive steps have been taken by the European Commission to improve information transparency and stakeholder input into the negotiations, including the publication of many of the position papers, the eventual official publication of the EU negotiating mandate, and the creation of an evenly-balanced stakeholder advisory group. Nonetheless, far more must be done to ensure full transparency.
In its response to the European Ombudsman, TACD makes specific recommendations for a coherent transparency process, which build on previous letters and position papers of the Dialogue. The single most important transparency reform around the TTIP negotiations would be to make the entire negotiating text public.