The Conclusion and Implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements
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The Conclusion and Implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements

Constitutional Challenges

Edited by Isabelle Bosse-Platière and Cécile Rapoport

This timely book gives an overview of the main legal issues the EU faces in negotiating, concluding and implementing so-called ‘New Generation’ free trade agreements. Featuring contributions by international specialists on EU external action, this book demonstrates why these FTAs have become challenging for the EU, as well as analysing how the EU has dealt with its institutional constraints, and addresses contemporary debates and future challenges for EU institutions and Member States.
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Chapter 8: The European Parliament and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Josiane Auvret-Finck

Abstract

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations showed that the European Parliament has been a driving force to promote greater ‘economic democracy’ and a more balanced approach of globalization. By standing up for sound governance and the principles of openness and transparency, the European Parliament has not only spoken out on behalf of the citizens of the Union, but also attempted to reinforce its own prerogatives, thus enhancing its legitimacy and its influence. However, the greatest challenge for the Members of the European Parliament remains to focus on reaching a fair balance between free trade and the protection of the common good, in areas such as social justice, environment and public health.

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