There has been an agreement between the European Parliament and Commission that all MEPs will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed EU-US trade deal.
Many hundreds of constituents have contacted Clare in recent days in response to an important campaign to exempt the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) from any TTIP deal. As a Labour MEP, Clare is fully opposed to ISDS and will vote accordingly on Wednesday, 10 June.
The European Parliament will today take a first step towards adopting its priorities and concerns on the current state of play of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with Labour MEPs leading efforts to ensure the public's concerns are properly addressed, notably the proposal for arbitration courts known as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
What's TTIP, who's negotiating and why is it all so secretive?
I was pleased to see that the Private Members Bill, tabled by Clive Efford MP, passed its second reading in the House of Commons last week. The Bill, titled 'The National Health Service (amended duties and powers)', aims to eliminate privatisation of the NHS. The Bill ensures that the TTIP Treaty cannot impose procurement or competition obligations on the NHS.