Getting Legislatures on Both Sides of the Atlantic Engaged in TTIP
Policy Challenge: The U.S. Congress and the European Parliament (EP) need to approve the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, but have so far been marginalized within the public discourse. This is changing as Congress debates Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Members of the EP, meanwhile, have successfully claimed broader access to negotiation documents and will continue to fight for more meaningful impact on TTIP negotiations. The lawmakers’ support for TTIP will increase if their opportunities to affect negotiations are strengthened.
Policy Recommendations: TTIP provides an opportunity to revitalize the transatlantic relationship. Legislators in Congress and the EP need to engage in the public debate on TTIP and provide balanced information. They should use their consultation and oversight provisions to shape negotiations and expand their cooperation on TTIP. Jointly, they could take a stronger stance on transparency matters and address open and contentious questions between the United States and the EU.