For trade in services, investment and e-commerce, a draft text of 7 July 2013 was leaked in March 2014 by the German newspaper « Die Zeit ». The leaked text contains seven chapters. In Chapter 1, Article 1 mentions the overall objective of a « better climate for the development of trade and investment, » in particular « liberalisation of investment and cooperation in the field of e-commerce. »  – In 2018, the United States had a trade surplus with the EU of $60 billion. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a draft trade agreement between the European Union and the United States to promote trade and multilateral economic growth. According to Karel de Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner between 2010 and 2014, TTIP is the largest bilateral trade initiative ever negotiated, not only because it involves the world`s two largest economies, but also « because of its potential global reach, to set an example for future partners and agreements. »  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. 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.  Short-term job gains are projected to be about 350,000 jobs in the United States and about one million jobs for the EU under a deep free trade scenario.