The fourth round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began on 10 March 2014 in Brussels. On 12 March, the European Commission hosted several hundred representatives of environmental, consumer, and other non-governmental organizations, labour unions, business, and academia, at two separate events. The first event comprised over 90 stakeholder presentations, reflecting the wide interest in the negotiations. These took place in four separate groups, each covering a different topic: manufacturing; agriculture; services, investment and public procurement; and rules. This allowed stakeholders to speak to negotiators about their areas of interest. The event was also an excellent opportunity for negotiators from both sides to hear directly from everyone with an interest in the outcome of the negotiations.
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