31Jan

Initiating a public dialogue on environmental protection in the context of TTIP negotiations

TTIP negotiations: Initiating a public dialogue

The European Parliament, in a joint initiative with the European Commission Directorate General for Environment, has initiated a research project on the environmental impacts of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiated by the European Union and the United States of America. As part of the study, a series of workshops were held in nine European capitals through 2016, with the aim to collect and constructively channel inputs and different points of view from key stakeholders.

Four thematic areas were underpinned during the workshop series: biodiversity, energy and hydraulic fracturing, chemicals and CO2 emissions from transport, and discussed starting in Bratislava in June until Paris in October, passing through Rome, Copenhagen, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw and Berlin.

One of the issues that the research team, led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) together with Ecorys and Prospex, had to face was the high level of controversies related to the topic. Prospex designed and implemented the workshops, adopting a participatory approach that allowed the participants to express their opinions about the environmental impacts of TTIP. The variety of languages and cultures represented in this project was another challenge, and Prospex put great attention in conducting the workshop in the local language and in allowing the participants to address the issues considered as the most relevant for their specific country case, transmitting then the results to the European Commission.

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