Added by: Léa Auffret (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
The EU and 22 other countries are closing in on a huge deal to liberalise trade in services.
Consumer organisations are not opposed per se to the flow of data, as long as the privacy rights of all EU citizens ar
Added by: Monique Goyens (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
From “most important leak ever” to “much ado about nothing”, the analyses from different commentators of yesterday’s TTIP revelations couldn’t be wider-ranging. In a blog post, Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström tried to soft-pedal the importance of the leaks by saying that the consolidated texts, leaked by Greenpeace, only reflected “each side’s negotiating position”. While this is certainly true, it does beg the question of why the Commission last week published a state of play which suggested the negotiations were on the way to completion, basing themselves on the same consolidated version it is now downplaying.
Anyway. Let us go through some take-aways from these leaks.