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US trade negotiators vow to listen

The European Commission has proposed the creation of a consultation body to ease the implementation of the trade agreement under discussion with the United States.

According to the proposal, the regulatory cooperation body will meet once per year with representatives of industry, consumers, trade unions, environmental groups and other organisations to listen to their views on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The idea is included in the latest EU proposal on regulatory cooperation published by the Commission on 4 May, following the end of the ninth round of TTIP negotiations on 24 April in New York. The Commission released the document to meet demands for greater transparency from institutions including the European Parliament and the EU ombudsman.

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