David Martin MEP has today (2 December 2015) welcomed 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).
Scottish MEP David Martin is also the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D) spokesperson on international trade. Welcoming today’s decision he said:
"Thanks to pressure from S&D MEPs, the EU proposed text is already publicly available. Today’s decision ensures all MEPs can fulfil their mandate of democratic oversight on the TTIP negotiations by allowing access to the consolidated (EU/US) text for the proposed trade deal.
"These once ‘closed-door’ discussions will now be open for democratic scrutiny and an answer to calls for transparency in the EU/US trade negotiations. These advances will allow a broad public debate to take place.
"This is another welcome nail in the coffin of the accusations that TTIP is being secretly negotiated.
"We also welcome the access which will be granted to all Members of national parliaments as well.
"This is a victory for democracy and has been led by Labour and our socialist partners in the European Parliament. As these trade negotiations look into not just tariffs at our borders, but also our standards and regulations, it is only fair that the broadest possible public debate can take place.
"Our demands for further transparency in the TTIP negotiations have been held back by resistance from the US. With the lifting of this opposition elected parliamentarians will be able to monitor the negotiations by accessing everything that has been agreed between the EU and the US to date. More remains to be done, but this is already a great step in the right direction."