The Government shutdown in the US have put the negotiations of the EU-US trade deal on hold and the 2nd round of negotiation, planned for the week 6-11 October, 2013, has been cancelled. But the risks of the agreement remain. With an open letter to President Obama, EU Commission President Barroso and EU Council President Van Rompuy, more than 80 organisations from Europe and the US have been raising their voice. The letter shows their concerns about the coming negotiations and state their opposition to the use of behind-closed-door trade negotiations to change and lower public interest measures for the sake of commercial interests (Read or download the letter and the list of signing organisations)