Today, the member states of the European Union will make public the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This mandate sets the parameters for the negotiations, which are conducted by the European Commission. Member of the European Parliament, Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) responds: "I am glad that the member states have at long last reacted to the call to make the mandate public. The European Parliament, the European Commission and stakeholders had long been calling for it. It shows that governments are finally realising that more transparency and accessibility are needed in the negotiations on TTIP. It is ironic that the mandate, having been leaked previously, has already been available for over a year." "This move by the member states is just a first step. We need more commitment from European governments and the European Commission alike to make sure that stakeholders, from small and medium size enterprises, advocacy groups and civil society feel involved in the process. We must make sure that people feel involved and that they can provide input to the negotiations. That will require more documents to be made publically accessible and less meetings to take place behind closed doors." During the hearing of the trade commissioner designate, Cecilia Malmström, Schaake received assurances that efforts would be made to improve transparency and access to negotiating documents.