In February 2013, US President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to announce the opening of negotiations for a comprehensive free trade and investment agreement between the United States and the European Union. The first round of negotiations, which took place in July of the same year, was the realization of a dream that the economic lobbyists of the transatlantic economic dialogue, which had insisted since the 1990s for a free trade agreement between the EU and the United States, had long been achieved. Nevertheless, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is more ambitious than any previous trade agreement, covering a wide range of topics, in order to reorganize the social and economic landscape on both sides of the Atlantic for the benefit of capital. Few people can access documents known as „consolidated texts,“ projects that contain the most recent results of the negotiations. On the European side, the negotiators of the European Commission (mostly from the Directorate General of Trade), MEPs from the European Union and MEPs from the European Union.  At the insistence of the United States, the documents are no longer transmitted as electronic documents or even printed.  They are only available in secure premises at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, in a number of US embassies and in the offices of The Trade Ministries of the Member States.  In all of these secure rooms, phones or any other type of scanning devices are prohibited.  Blank sheet of paper bearing the reader`s names are available, on which visitors can write down their notes.  On the U.S. side, the procedure is similar: only senators and USTR negotiators can access the documents and must meet similar conditions.  The United States has emphasized the same security precautions for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership proposals.
 In October 2018, the two trading partners announced their intention to work towards a free trade agreement, although it was not put in place amid persistent political and trade issues. The areas of negotiation could be too difficult and the attempt to do so could amplify the differences, Ikenson said, especially since the European Commission has publicly expressed its concerns about the disputed negotiations. Trade and investment in the European Union is estimated at 6.7 million jobs in the United States. The Transatlantic Economic Partnership is an important driver of global economic growth, trade and prosperity and is the largest, most integrated and longest regional economic relationship in the world. The many reasons for supporting this relationship come from an economic point of view, from a geopolitical point of view, from a business utility perspective, from regulatory cooperation and from prospects for technological innovation. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDR) is an instrument that allows an investor to directly charge the country hosting its investment without the intervention of the government of the investor`s home country.  Since the late 1980s, some trade agreements have contained provisions for ISDS that allow foreign investors who claim to have been disadvantaged by the actions of a signatory state to sue that state before an arbitration tribunal for damages. More recently, such claims have increased in number and value and some states have become increasingly resistant to these clauses.  Chapters IV, Articles 24-28, would allow the free movement of the chief operating officers and other employees of a temporary working company between all contracting states.  However, Article 1, paragraph 2, makes it clear that the free movement of workers and citizens is no longer permitted.