TTIP must not jeopardize EU safeguards, say MEPs
This article was originally published in Scrip
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could lead to common standards in areas like the safety of medicines and medical devices, but it must not "sacrifice certain European safeguards on the altar of free trade", an influential European Parliament committee has said.
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