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Environment and free trade: Environmentally sound design of TTIP

Miriam Dross (German Advisory Council on the Environment)

elni Review 2016, Issue 1, pp. 40-42.

Since June 2013, the EU and the USA have been engaged in negotiations on a free-trade and investment agreement. TTIP has sparked off a broad discussion in society about the advantages and disadvantages of (transatlantic) free trade. The present public debate about TTIP shows that the general public is now becoming aware of the tensions between trade liberalisation and environmental protection that have long been under discussion in expert circles. 
This paper sums up highlights from a recent statement by the German Advisory Council on the Environment as regards the impacts that the planned TTIP agreement could have on German and European environmental protection standards.

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