May 24, 2013 by Silvana Bolocan
The European Parliament, in its Plenary session of 23rd of May has passed a resolution in favour of launching negotiations for the TTIP. The MEPs broadly support the start of trade talks, with 460 votes in favour, 105 against and 28 abstentions. However, the resolution calls on the Council to explicitly exclude the liberalisation of audiovisual services from the negotiating mandate, the call for a cultural exemption finding support across the political spectrum.
In its resolution, the EP also calls for transparency in the conduct of negotiations and asks to be fully informed at all stages of the negotiations (before and after the negotiating rounds). Acording to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, the EP will have to give its consent to the future TTIP agreement.