The EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has launched a public consultation to inquire about transparency of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is presently being negotiated between the EU and the U.S. The lack of transparency surrounding the TTIP negotiations has been a subject to criticism, as previously reported by the FPF. In particular, the consequences of the treaty on chemical safety and the precautionary principle in Europe has raised concerns. According to the press release published on July 29, 2014, O’Reilly is committed to ensure that the public has the opportunity to follow the trade talks’ progress and to influence their outcome. Once the Ombudsman has collected the feedback, she will investigate the contributions and present key recommendations to the European Commission. Interested individuals are invited to submit comments by October 31, 2014.