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Fears over transatlantic trade deal 'unfounded'

25 June 2014 Last updated at 12:36 BST

Fears that a transatlantic trade deal between Europe and the US could see offshore arbitration panels used to strike down national laws are "unfounded", European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has said.

The commissioner is involved in negotiations on a free trade agreement, called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), between the EU and the US.

Opponents are concerned companies could use investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) to go to independent arbitration if they believe they have been treated by a host government in a way that breaches an international investment agreement.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 25 June.