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The TTIP Advisory Group, which was set up by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, today convened for the ninth time. Chaired by Ms Iris Gleicke, Federal Government Commissioner for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the talks focused on sustainability and employees' rights.

An external expert, Mr Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director in DG Trade of the European Commission, informed the participants about the current status of the TTIP negotiations and the objectives of the European Commission with regard to sustainability and employees' rights. Mr Florian Moritz, member of the Adivsory Group from the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), presented the trade unions' view.

The TTIP Advisory Group at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides a forum for intensive dialogue with stakeholders, including critics, on the planned trade and investment partnership. This enables the German government to take better account of the arguments of all the groups in society as it feeds its position on TTIP into the negotiations. The Advisory Group is composed of 22 representatives from trade unions, welfare, environmental and consumer associations and from the creative arts. It meets regularly to discuss the ongoing TTIP negotiations and helps to establish the German position on the TTIP agreement.

You can find out more about the Advisory Group's sessions (in German) here.