In March 2013, a coalition of digital rights organizations and other groups issued a statement  calling on negotiators to “have TTIP debated in the US Congress, the European Parliament, national parliaments and other transparent for a,” instead of “conducting concluded negotiations that give privileged access to insiders” and abandoning the intellectual property of the agreement. The United States and the European Union together account for 60% of global GDP, 33% of world trade in goods and 42% of world trade in services. There are a number of trade disputes between the two powers, but both depend on the economic market of the other, and disputes concern only 2% of total trade. A free trade area between the two countries would potentially be the largest regional free trade agreement in history and would cover 46% of global GDP.  Chapter IV, Articles 24 to 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. Negotiations were expected to be concluded by the end of 2014, but economist Hosuk Lee-Makiyama said there were at least four or five years of additional negotiations left by the end of the year.  In November 2014, the Bulgarian government announced that it would not ratify the agreement unless the United States lifted the visa requirement for Bulgarian citizens.  – In 2018, the United States had a trade surplus with the EU of $60 billion. The texts of the TTIP agreement are drawn up by 24 joint working groups between the EU and the US, each taking into account a separate aspect of the agreement. Development usually takes a number of phases.
First, large-scale position papers will be exchanged, introducing each party`s objectives and ambitions for each aspect. This is followed by proposals for texts from both parties, accompanied (in areas such as tariffs and market access) by the “initial offer” of each party. These negotiations and draft documents can evolve during the different phases of their development. If both parties are ready, a consolidated text will be prepared, with the remaining differences of discussion expressed between brackets.