People have the right to know

The EU-US trade deal, if agreed, will be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history, with far-reaching impacts upon almost every aspect of life for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. The lack of transparency around the talks is deeply concerning. The negotiation process must be opened-up to public scrutiny. People have the right to know what's at stake.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as it is known, will be under negotiation behind closed doors this week. Over 250 organisations, including trade unions, consumers, grassroots and development organisations and transparency watchdogs are calling on the European Commission to open-up the EU-US trade talks and make the negotiation process more transparent.

The European Commission has argued that secrecy in this process is inevitable because this is a matter of international relations. However, as these negotiations are highly likely to affect domestic regulations, standards and safeguards on both sides of the Atlantic, citizens have the right to know what is being put up for negotiation, and how decisions are being made.

All negotiating documents must be made public so that a democratic debate can take place. People – not just corporations – must be able to take part in discussions about what kind of economy, environment and future we want. Continued secrecy will only fuel suspicions that the negotiations are trading away citizens' protections for the benefits of powerful industry players.

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Signatories: Co-initiators


AccessInfo Europe

ArbeiterKammer Europa (AK Europa)

Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU)

ATTAC European Network

Campagna Stop TTIP Italia


Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI)

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

Finance Watch

Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE)


Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)




Seattle to Brussels

SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)


Transnational Institute (TNI)

Transparency International EU (TI-EU)

Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue

Transport and Environment (T&E)

Signatories: Europe


AEB e.V.

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN)

Afrika Kontakt


Alternative Informatics Turkey

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland

Article 19

Asamblea Las Rozas

Asociación Qué hacen

Attac Austria

Attac Germany

Attac Nuernberg

Attac Paderborn

ATTAC Portugal


Berlin Water Council

Berlin Water Table

BI Fracking freies Hessen

BI lebenswertes Korbach e.V.

Both ENDS'


BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V.

Buy Responsibly Foundation

CADTM - Committee for Abolition of the Third World Debt

Campaign for Real Farming

Central America Women's Network

Central America Women's Network (CAWN)

Centre for Sustainable Development

Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska

Change Partnership

Chaos Computer Club

Climate Alliance


Civil Euro Perspective


Collectif Roosevelt

Commons Network


Compassion in World Farming

Danish Ecological Council

Danish Society for a Living Sea

Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR) - German League for Nature and Environment

Diritto Di Sapere

Dutch Elasmobranch Society (NEV)

Earth Open Source

Earth Watch Media

Ecological Movement of Patras

Ecologistas en Acción



Ekumenicka akademie Praha

ELA – Basque Workers Solidarity

Engineering Without Borders Spain


Environmental Pillar

Esquerra Unida País Valencià

European Academy for Environmental Medicine EUROPAEM

European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

European Coordination Via Campesina

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

European Transport Workers' Federation

Fair Trade Advocacy Office



Fair–Fish International association

Fís Nua

Food & Water Europe

Forum Informationsfreiheit (FOI)

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

Foundation for environment and agriculture

Foundation of the "Fair Trade Coalition" (Poland)

Fracking Free Ireland

Fresh Eyes - People to People Travel cic

Friends of the Earth Czech Republic

Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland

Friends of the Earth Ireland

Friends of the Earth Malta

Gaia Foundation

Generations Futures

German NGO Forum on Environment and Development

Gewerkschaftlicher Linksblock

GLOBAL 2000-Friends of the Earth Austria

Global Responsibility Platform

Global Vision Foundation

GM-free Ireland Network


GMWatch UK

Green Budget Europe

Green Zone Foundation (Fundacja Strefa Zieleni)

Greenpeace Saar

Grupo Portugal Parceria Transatlântica de Comércio e Investimento

Hallintovahdit ry, Finland (Administration Watch, NGO)

Hausfeld & Co LLP

Health Action International Europe

Heaven or sHell

Hegoa Instituto de Estudios sobre el Desarrollo y la Cooperación Internacional

HuertAula Comunitaria de Agroecología Cantarranas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid

IG Übersetzerinnen Übersetzer

Iniciativa por la Soberanía Alimentaria de Madrid

Initiative bessere Zukunft

Initiative für Netzfreiheit

Institut Veblen

Institute for Ecology and Action Anthropology, infoe e.V.

Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO)

Irish Doctors Environmental Association

Iuridicum Remedium, Czech Republic

Jordens Vänner

Kalasantiner Kongregation

Katholische Jungschar Österreichs

KBW - Katholishches Bildungswerk Wien

KIFF – Keep Ireland Fracking Free

Kritische Oekologie / ifak e.V.


Les Amis de la Terre France

Lithuanian national consumer federation

Local Urban Development European Network(LUDEN)

Locale Globale

MIM Moral in Motion

Modern Poland Foundation

MyGR Technology Ltd

Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)


Network Social Responsibility (NeSoVe)

NOAH - FOE Denmark

Nordic Financial Unions

Nuclear-Free Future Award

ÖBV-Via Campesina.Austria

ÖGB Europabüro

OroVerde - Tropical Forest Foundation


Partido Humanista de Sevilla

Permaculture Association (Britain)

Pesticide Action Network Germany (PAN Germany)

Platform Aarde Boer Consument

Polish Fair Trade Association

Powershift Belgium

PresidioEuropa No TAV

Pro Ethical Trade Finland

Pro Natura


Quaker Council for European Affairs

Red Huertos Urbanos Comunitarios de Madrid-ReHd Mad!

Request Initiative

Research & Degrowth



RETS – (Spanish Collective, human rights)

Save Rosia Montana Madrid

Sciaena - Marine Sciences and Cooperation

Seas At Risk

Send a Cow

Slow Food

Slow Food Germany

Soil Association

SOL - People for Solidarity, Ecology and Lifestyle

Solidarity Sweden Latin America/ Solidaridad Suecia America Latina

Stichting Schaaliegasvrij Nederland

StopTTIP uk


Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

The Open Knowledge Foundation

Trade Justice Movement

TransFair e.V./Fairtrade Deutschland

Treffpunkt mensch & arbeit Braunau

Tschecho-Slovakisch-Österreichisches Kontaktforum


Umweltinstitut München e.V.

Unión Sindical Obrera (USO)

VIBE!AT – Austrian Association for Internet Users

VIDC Vienna Institute


VOICE (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment


VSF – Justicia Alimentaria Global

War on Want

Wasser in Bürgerhand

WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development

West Country Brokers

WIDE – Network for Women´s Rights and Feminist Perspectives in Development

Working group Food Justice

WWF European Policy Office

Za Zemiata, FoE Bulgaria

Signatories: US

Activate USA

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Bay Area Light Brigade

Center for Food Safety

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Center for Rights

Citizens Trade Campaign

Consumer Federation of America

Earth in Brackets

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Fight for the Future

Food & Water Watch

Friends of the Earth-US

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Sunlight Foundation

Signatories: Other Regions

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Centre for Law and Democracy

Common Frontiers

IFMSA - Canada / Canadian Federation of Medical Students

Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association (IJRDA)

Mauritius Trade Union Congress

Migration and Sustainable Development Alliance

PAPDA - Haitian Platform to Advocate Alternative Development

Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD)

Signatories: International

ActionAid International

Association for Progressive Communications

Global Marshall Plan Initiative

Humane Society International

Oxfam International

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)