In July 2018, the presidents of the United States and the European Commission agreed to resume trade negotiations on a „TTIP light“ agreement, after Donald Trump threatened to introduce tariffs on European cars. The EU was tasked with negotiating a limited agreement (on the abolition of tariffs on industrial products, excluding agricultural products and on compliance assessment), while the US wanted a broader agreement including agriculture. Chapter IV, Articles 24-28, would allow the free movement of business leaders and other employees of a temporary work enterprise between all contracting states.  However, Article 1, paragraph 2, makes it clear that the free movement of workers and citizens is no longer permitted. At France`s request, trade in audiovisual services has been excluded from the EU`s negotiating mandate.  The European side insisted that the agreement include a chapter on the regulation of financial services; but this is rejected by the United States, which recently passed the Dodd-Frank Act in this area.  The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony L. Gardner, denied any connection between these two issues.  A 2018 ku Leuven document estimated that a „deep“ free trade agreement such as TTIP between the US and the European Union would increase EU GDP by 1.3% and US GDP by 0.7%.  These benefits would be mainly attributable to the removal of non-tariff barriers.  Few people can access documents known as „consolidated texts,“ projects containing the latest 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.  With regard to the TTIP, a broader „transatlantic free trade area“ has been adopted.
[By whom?] [Citation required] On the U.S. side, other members of the North American Free Trade Area (Canada and Mexico) could be part of it; and, on the European side, members of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). Mexico has already concluded a free trade agreement with EFTA and the EU, while Canada has a free trade agreement with EFTA and negotiated a free trade agreement with the EU. These agreements may need to be harmonised with the EU-US agreement and could constitute a wider free trade area. A project in the sustainable development section of TTIP was sent to the Guardian in October 2015. A French lawyer invited to comment on the document described the proposed environmental protection measures as „virtually non-existent“ in relation to investor protection and, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, 60% of the 127 ISDS cases against EU countries in the past two decades under bilateral trade agreements were environmentally related.  According to Joseph E.