The TTIP Advisory Group set up by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy held its inaugural meeting on 21 May 2014. The new group is to be composed of representatives of trade unions, of welfare, environmental and consumer protection associations, and of representatives of the cultural sector. The body is to discuss the ongoing negotiations on the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and to contribute towards the establishment of the German position on TTIP.

Minister Gabriel said: "We aim to further intensify the dialogue about the planned trade and investment partnership with the relevant stakeholders - including the agreement's critics. We want to ensure greater transparency, because that will boost confidence in the talks on TTIP. In order to achieve this, I have set up the new TTIP Advisory Group. The intensive dialogue on the ongoing TTIP negotiations in this and other discussion forums enables us to take better account of the arguments of all the groups in society as the German government feeds its position on TTIP into the negotiations."

Since the beginning of the negotiations, the Economic Affairs Ministry has been offering an expert dialogue with a wide variety of groups in society covering the various issues of the TTIP talks.