This is a critically important issue. And when the consultation does start (at this point, on 8 March 2014 there is no sign of it on the European Commission website – when does ‘early March’ end in the mind of the European Commission?) it is critically important that we all respond to it. It will be very helpful to have some pointers from QCEA in terms of the key messages we need to give in the consultation. So, I recommend you sign up to their action alerts now. It will enable you to respond to the consultation effectively and with confidence.
However, since negotiations began in July 2013, TTIP has been repeatedly criticised by civil society and numerous politicians. There has been a range of reasons for this opposition, but the most consistent and vociferous disapproval has focused on the inclusion of an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause. In previous FTAs, ISDSs have provided a mechanism for investors (often large, multi-national corporations) to take legal action against
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