After TPP success, tough hectic road ahead for TTIP

France envisages all options, including the complete halt to negotiations,” said Foreign Trade State Secretary Matthias Fekl about the TTIP which would suffer “from total lack of transparency and from great opacity.” After US President Barack Obama’s administration hailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just signed with 11 other Pacific Rim countries, this statement came as a reminder of how hectic and uncertain the path toward the conclusion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be.

Regarding both the TPP and the TTIP, a number of elected officials, citizens reproach that the whole negotiation process remains shrouded in secrecy and, they think, the interests of the negotiating parties can’t justify such unusual prudence by themselves. “It means there are things they don’t want us to know because most of the citizens would oppose them,” a source close to the Stop TTIP campaign told Cyceon and whose group handed over more than 3 million signatures to European Commision (EC) in order to stop negotiations. The demand was promptly rejected.