MEPs back TTIP talks and dispute mechanism

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved talks on the controversial trade deal with the US, with some caveats about environmental protection

The European Parliament has given the commission a strong mandate to negotiate a controversial trade deal with the US, including a mechanism for resolving disputes and caveats for environmental protection.

On 8 July, MEPs overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

As part of this, they called for a new “permanent solution for resolving disputes between investors and states” to replace investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which has proven one of the most difficult and controversial parts of the deal.

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