In negotiation since July 2013, TAFTA, the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (also known as TTIP, for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America that would affect, among other, access to medicine, food safety and establish a new investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. Negotiations, conducted by a small group of unelected officials, are likely to continue at least until the end of 2014.
Despite the rejection of the ACTA Trade Agreement in 2012 and calls of civil society, Members of the European Parliament voted to strengthen the protection of copyright, patent and trademarks in the European Commission’s negotiating mandate for TAFTA. Furthermore, MEPs did not oppose themselves to pursuing these negotiations in opacity, and failed to demand their freeze in strong reaction to the spying by the NSA of European negotiators.
These issues raise fears that the negotiators will take the opportunity represented by TAFTA to attempt to impose repressive measures in the name of protecting the interests of the entertainment industry, or other measures attacking our online freedom. From now until the end of negotiations it is essential that citizens make their voices heard and act to prevent that this new trade agreement undermines our fundamental freedom and a free and open Internet.
http://www.laquadrature.net/en/TAFTA (see the section reference documents)