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    The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission prepares to engage stakeholders interested in a controversial EU-US trade agreement, known as TTIP, on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a US-advocated pact, seeks to create the world's largest free trade zone. However, there are concerns that TTIP will take trade controls away from local governments and give them to international corporations.

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    The July 15’s event in Brussels is aimed at facilitating engagement with the relevant negotiators, including non-governmental organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders from either the European Union or the United States.

    The TTIP has been negotiated in great secrecy for about two years, which has received much criticism in Europe.

    Stakeholders will be briefed in detail by the EU and US chief negotiators on the status of the talks and will have the opportunity to exchange views and concerns with them.

    Earlier on July 5, some 500 European companies working in various fields – from environmental protection and public health to consumer rights – urged EU lawmakers in an open letter to stop the TTIP negotiations.

    The appeal was signed by more than 2.3 million people that feared the trade pact would endanger democracy and the rule of law due to the clause that allows corporations to sue governments.

    • A demonstrator holds a banner in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
      A demonstrator holds a banner in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
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    • Dame Vivienne Westwood poses for photographers during a photocall for the launch of Artists Against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) at the Young Vic Theatre in London, Thursday, July 2, 2015
      Dame Vivienne Westwood poses for photographers during a photocall for the launch of Artists Against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) at the Young Vic Theatre in London, Thursday, July 2, 2015
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      Protest against TTIP and CETA
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      Demonstrators hold a sign against the TTIP contract during a protest
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    • Debate and vote on TTIP postponed in the European Parliament
      Debate and vote on TTIP postponed in the European Parliament
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    • Demonstrators demand to stop the TTIP negotiations during a protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015
      Demonstrators demand to stop the TTIP negotiations during a protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015
      © AP Photo / Matthias Schrader
    • Demonstrators demand to stop the TTIP negotiations during a protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015
      Demonstrators demand to stop the TTIP negotiations during a protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015
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    A demonstrator holds a banner in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

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