The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker will ask the leaders of member states at the European Council in late June to reiterate their support on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The request, the third since Junker took the office at the end of 2014, is provoked by the “different stages of negotiations process”.
“President Junker feels that the time has come to ask heads of state and governments of the EU to have a new discussion on where we are and where we want to get with these negotiations,” spokesperson Daniel Rosario said.
Rosario also stressed that on the TTIP, Junker continues to be devoted to the principle of reasonable and balance trade agreement talks in spirit of mutual benefits and transparency but “will not sacrifice the EU health health, safety, social and data protection standards as well as cultural diversity on the altar of free trade”.
The European Commission so far, finished the 13th round of negotiations and is planning to start the new one in July. However, a number of questions, including the issues concerning energy and agricultural policy remain stimuli between the EU and the US.