Part of future EU-US free trade agreement open to public consultation

n January 21, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, announced his decision to consult the public on the investment provisions of the future EU-US trade agreement, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This part of the agreement has attracted a great degree of attention from the European public. According to de Gucht, some existing arrangements have caused problems in practice, allowing companies to exploit loopholes where the legal text has been vague. He added that some Europeans “have genuine concerns about this part of the EU-US deal.” The process of public consultation will only delay negotiations on investment provisions, while talks on other areas covered by the TTIP will continue as planned. Click herecell phone tracker for iphone