The European Commission released the first glimpse of TTIP on Friday the 6th of November, when its proposal for a chapter on trade and sustainable development were made public. The proposal is the "most ambitious provisions ever put forward on these issues" according to the Commissions press release.
ChemSec's Senior Chemicals Advisor Jerker Ligthart appreciates the Commissions efforts to finally add some transparency to the TTIP negotiations, but finds that the proposed chapter lacks concrete actions.
– It doesn't really say anything concrete at all. It's a lot of words about ambitions and mutual respect for each party's framework but that they do not have to stop a regulatory process if objected by the other party. The possibilities for interpretation are wide open, he says.