US denounces 'wrong' views on TTIP leaks

Farmers and members of the Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie demonstrate against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in The Hague on April 26, 2016The United States denounced Monday interpretations of leaked documents on its free-trade negotiations with the European Union, insisting the proposed trade pact would not weaken health and environmental standards. “The interpretations being given to these texts appear to be misleading at best and flat out wrong at worst,” said a spokesman for the US Trade Representative (USTR), which is leading the negotiations with the European Commission. “TTIP will preserve, not undermine, our strong consumer, health, environmental standards, and position the US and the EU to work together to push standards higher around the world,” the USTR spokesman said in an emailed statement.

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