EU and US trade talks spark green concerns

There are fears that a free trade deal between the two economic powerhouses could prevent or impede new environmental laws.

Green groups are increasingly worried about a future US-EU trade deal, saying it could have a “chilling effect” on Europe’s ability to develop green regulations.

There are also concerns that it is already affecting development of EU chemicals regulation, such as current efforts to regulate endocrine disruptors.

Talks about the deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), began in March. They aim to remove financial and regulatory barriers to trade.

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