Labour MEPs welcome Council's belated publication of TTIP mandate

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Labour's MEPs have welcomed the publication by the European Commission and European Council to publish the negotiation mandate for the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

North West MEP Julie Ward said:

"I'm pleased that the Council and Commission have opted for transparency in this matter which is of great significance to many European citizens.

"My Labour colleagues and I have been clear - we want ISDS (the investor-state dispute system) removed from the treaty and EU public services and standards to be protected."

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour MEP for North East England and Labour's European spokesperson on TTIP, added:

"We have been calling for more transparency in trade negotiations with third countries for years - the decision to make the negotiation mandate publicly available to citizens is long overdue.

"Labour MEPs will continue working to ensure public services including the NHS, social sevices and education are excluded from trade agreements like TTIP, and we will also work hard to make sure there is more transparency in the process."