Commission official: The EU is not going to change its food legislation because of TTIP

The EU is not going to change its food safety legislation under the negotiation for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which means that GMOs can be marketed in the EU only once they have been authorised, and beef from the USA would be marketable in Europe only if it is hormone free, Ignacio Garcia Bercero of the European Commission told EurActiv Czech Republic.

Ignacio Garcia Bercero is a Director in DG Trade of the European Commission. Since 2012, he has been responsible for overseeing EC activities in the fields of Neighbouring Countries, US and Canada as well as being the Chief Negotiator for the EU- India FTA. He coordinated the work of the EU-US High Level Working Group on Growth and Jobs, which recommended the launch of TTIP negotiations.

He was speaking to EurActiv Czech Republic’s Publisher Jan Vitásek

In the recent interview for EurActiv, one of the US consultants mentioned that the TTIP attracts much more attention in the EU than in the USA. How would you explain such a situation?

It is very interesting. In the United States, trade policy is also very controversial, maybe even more than in the European Union. But public attention is focused mostly on negotiations in the Pacific. The Trans Pacific Partnership stirred much more controversy than the agreement with the European Union.

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