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United States | Strasbourg, 25 November 2014

Opening the windows: Commission commits to enhanced transparency in TTIP

The Commission adopted today a Communication outlining how more transparency will be injected into the negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Commission considers it vital to ensure that the general public has accurate and full information of the EU’s intentions in the negotiations, to address the concerns and to evacuate misperceptions.

"We want to consult even more extensively on TTIP," said Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, "and be even more transparent, so we can show clearly what the negotiations are about and demystify them. We'll use this as a basis to engage further with stakeholders and the public."

Actions put forth by the Commission to enhance transparency in the TTIP negotiations include:

  • making public more EU negotiating texts that the Commission already shares with Member States and Parliament;
  • providing access to TTIP texts to all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), not just a select few, by extending the use of a 'reading room' to those MEPs who had no access to restricted documents so far;
  • classifying less TTIP negotiating documents as "EU restricted", making them more easily accessible to MEPs outside the reading room;
  • publishing and updating on a regular basis a public list of TTIP documents shared with the European Parliament and the Council.

More transparent Commission

The European Commission also gave a boost to transparency by committing to publishing information about who meets its political leaders and senior officials. The Commission agreed on a common set of rules that will apply to Commissioners, their Cabinets, and the Directors-General of the Commission services. From 1 December, the Commission will, within two weeks of each meeting, publish on its website the dates, locations, names of the organisations and self-employed individuals met and the topics of discussion of its bilateral meetings.

Further information

Publication of information on meetings held between Members of the Commission and organisations or self-employed individuals (Commission decision)

Publication of information on meetings held between Directors-General of the Commission and organisations or self-employed individuals (Commission decision)

Transparency in TTIP negotiations (Communication to the Commission)