The EU Trade Commissioner has « announced his decision to consult the public on the investment provisions of a future EU-US trade deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The decision follows unprecedented public interest in the talks. »
But, Glyn Moody writes, the Commission « is still assuming that the question is how to make ISDS [investor-state dispute settlement] better, rather than asking whether we need it. »
He argues that, « one of the reasons that the European Commission likes to claim we « must » have ISDS in TAFTA/TTIP is that it will set a precedent for future agreements with China and elsewhere.