Labour MEPs have welcomed today's agreement between the European Parliament and Commission that all MEPs will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed EU-US trade deal.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on TTIP, said:
"The public have been calling for greater transparency in our trade negotiations with the US and elsewhere - today's announcement shows we have been listening and are making advances in getting once closed-door discussions out into the open for democratic scrutiny.
"This is a victory for democracy and has been led by Labour and our socialist partners in the European Parliament. As these trade negotiations look into not just tariffs at our borders, but also our standards and regulations, it's only fair that the broadest possible public debate can take place.
"When it comes to TTIP, the Commission has been responding well to our demands for transparency, but we've long been limited in what we could achieve by resistance from the US. Now this opposition has been lifted and the people's representatives both in Brussels and London will be able to monitor properly the negotiations by accessing everything that has been agreed between the EU and the US to date.
"More remains to be done, but this is already a great step in the right direction."
David Martin MEP, Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D) spokesperson on international trade, added:
"Thanks to pressure from S&D MEPs, the EU proposed text is already publicly available. This new agreement ensures all MEPs can fulfil their mandate of democratic oversight on TTIP negotiations.
"We also welcome the access which will be granted to all Members of national parliaments as well.
"It is another welcome nail in the coffin of the accusations that TTIP is being secretly negotiated."