In Europe, for example, critics have argued that the EU needs to reduce certain standards, such as allowing the import of genetically modified foods – illegal in the EU – to continue negotiations with the US. The majority of major U.S. crops contain genetically modified organisms, and excluding these products from export markets would weigh on U.S. farmers and food producers. EU officials have categorically denied that the EU will lower its standards for a trade deal. Intellectual property rights are another topic that has met with strong opposition to ACTA in the past. Therefore, one of the concerns of groups opposed to TTIP is that they are trying to smuggle ACTA through the back door. The EU`s position in the negotiations is to conclude binding agreements in a limited area of intellectual property, in particular as regards the protection of the creation and creation of innovations, without addressing controversial criminal issues or the liability of internet service providers. It should be obvious that the current European Parliament would not be able to approve TTIP if it contained a rejected version of ACTA. Another trade agreement on the table is the Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP). This free trade agreement is being negotiated between asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, which include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India (all of which currently have free trade agreements with ASEAN).
A form of transatlantic free trade area was proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the 1990s and again in 2006, in response to the failure of the Doha global trade negotiations. However, protectionism on both sides can be an obstacle to a future agreement.   It was first launched in 1990 when, shortly after the end of the Cold War, when the world was no longer divided into two blocs, the European Community (12 countries) and the United States signed a « transatlantic declaration ». This has necessitated the sustainability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as well as annual summits, semi-annual meetings of ministers of state and more frequent meetings between politicians and senior officials. In 2016, Greenpeace published 248 pages of secret documents from the TTIP trade negotiations.  Greenpeace Netherlands said it published the documents « in order to create much-needed transparency and spark an informed debate about the treaty. »  The draft energy chapter of TTIP was forwarded to The Guardian in July 2016.  According to The Guardian, this project could « sabotage » European efforts to implement binding energy-saving measures and promote the transition to renewable electricity generation. The draft text obliges both trading blocs to: « Promote industry self-regulation with regard to energy efficiency requirements for goods if such self-regulation is likely to achieve policy objectives more quickly or at a lower cost than mandatory requirements. »  The draft also provides that energy system operators allow access to gas and electricity « under reasonable, transparent and non-discriminatory commercial conditions, including between types of energy ».  This would open up the redemption remuneration systems to commercial challenges, including those used by Germany. Green MEP Claude Turmes said: « These proposals are totally unacceptable.
They would sabotage the ability of EU lawmakers to prioritise renewable energy and energy efficiency over unsustainable fossil fuels. . . .