Ref. Ares(2015)4683757 - 29/10/2015
Ref. Ares(2017)3665888 - 20/07/2017
Directorate-General for Trade
Directorate E - Neighbouring countries, USA and Canada
USA and Canada
USA and Canada
Report – Meeting between Commissioner Malmström and a Delegation of the
German-speaking Community in Belgium – 7/9
The Commissioner received a delegation composed of representatives of the German-
speaking Community, including the President of the Parliament, MPs, and other
stakeholders. Most of the participants sought reassurances on 'classical' TTIP fears.
Questions focussed on ISDS, notably on its possible chilling effect and on the reasons for
its inclusion despite broad rejection in the public consultation. Strong concerns were
expressed about regulatory cooperation and especially the RCB. Several speakers asked
how a democratic oversight over the RCB would be ensured. The interventions showed
that the concerns over the impact of TTIP at local level and the fear of forced
privatisation of public services persist. Several delegations complained about the lack of
transparency. MPs looked forward to receiving access to consolidated texts. A Green
representative raised the importance of Belgian GIs.
Other questions included the impact on growth and jobs, the risk of social dumping, the
impact on LDCs (notably generics) and the impact on SMEs.
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