How confidential negotiations of the TTIP Affect Public Trust

Vigjilenca Abazi*

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When EU Heads of States and Governments unanimously gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate the EU?US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on 17 June 2013, they understood that these talks would become the leitmotiv of a new era in EU trade policy. However, few people would have guessed that it would primarily be because of transparency.?The public demands for more transparent EU negotiations have significantly increased, especially with regard to the EU?US negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. For many pundits transparency in negotiations comes as a surprise, as the candid statement by the Commissioner's Malmstr?m cabinet member illustrates, since traditionally EU negotiations almost exclusively take place behind closed doors and with almost no public disclosure of documents. Scholars have also noted how ?remarkable? the TTIP negotiations are for the fact that the negotiating directives were publically released, which was not a common practice before, leading someMembers of European Parliament to initiate adjudication for public disclosure of documents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-251
JournalEuropean Journal of Risk Regulation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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