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EU-US negotiations on TTIP: State of Play

Written by Laura Puccio, At the conclusion of the 13th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), held in New York in April 2016, discussions between the European Union and the United States had succeeded in covering all of the agreement’s chapters. The 14th round of negotiations takes place in Brussels from … Continue reading

Investment rules in trade agreements: Developments and issues in light of the TTIP debate

Written by Laura Puccio EU FDI stocks in the US amount to €1 651.6 billion and US FDI stocks in the EU to €1 685.5 billion. Investment access and protection are therefore critical to EU-US economic relations. However, the need for an investment chapter in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and an … Continue reading

TTIP: EP recommendations for an EU-US trade deal

The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be of major concern to many citizens. In its recommendations to European Commission TTIP negotiators the European Parliament has mapped out its red lines. The European Parliament takes citizens’ concerns on TTIP very seriously. Thus it is following the talks very closely to … Continue reading

EU-US negotiations on TTIP: A survey of current issues

Written by Laura Puccio With the next TTIP negotiating session due in July, an extraordinary meeting of Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) will be held on 29 June. The Committee will discuss the many amendments put forward in plenary to its draft recommendations for the EU’s negotiators, with the aim of finding compromises which the … Continue reading

TTIP: EP reviews EU-US trade negotiations

The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be of major concern to many citizens. MEPs have already warned that they would not approve the agreement at any cost and are currently working on recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the EU-US trade deal.  Update Please have a … Continue reading

TTIP – Regulatory cooperation

Written by Jan Baeverstroem, Last update on 28/05/2015 At the EU-US summit in 2011 a decision was taken to set up a High Level Working Group (HLWG) to see if an EU-US trade agreement was feasible. In November 2012, the Trade Commissioner outlinedthe four areas that he would like to see included in an agreement: … Continue reading

TTIP & ISDS

Written by Jan Baeverstroem The progress made on comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) between the EU and Canada and the United States – in both cases including provisions for ISDS – has intensified discussion on the mechanism in the EU. A number of doubts exist with respect to the impartiality of arbitrators, while the relative … Continue reading

TTIP: the question of data protection

Written by Jan Baeverstroem Contrary to EUs comprehensive data protection legislation, protection of privacy in the United States relies not only on federal and state legislation and regulation but also on private-sector regulation. The US Constitution’s First amendment protects citizens’ freedom of speech and the Fourth amendment protects citizens’ freedom of speech and right to … Continue reading

TTIP and the cultural exception

The concept of “cultural exception” (or exemption) was introduced by France in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations in 1993. The idea is that culture should be treated differently from other commercial products, and that cultural goods and services should be left out of international treaties and agreements. The goal is to … Continue reading

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in TTIP negotiations

In the Final Repor t of the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth (HLWG), (11 February 2013), both the EU and the US expressed their commitment to keep and advocate a high level of intellectual property protection (IPR). The report recommended that only a limited number of IPR issues would be addressed during … Continue reading

TTIP : environmental aspects

The Final Report of the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth from February 2013, suggested that the trade negotiations take into account the work done in the chapter concerning environment in EU and US trade agreements. In its resolution of 23 May 2013 on EU trade and investment negotiations with the US, the … Continue reading

Overcoming Transatlantic differences on intellectual property: IPR and the TTIP negotiations

Recent studies demonstrate the important contribution of intellectual property rights (IPR) to the American and EU economies. Royalties and licence fees based on IPR figure high among the exports of both, and applications, and grants, for IPR protection made by Europeans in the US and vice-versa represent an important share of the totals. The differences … Continue reading

Impact of a potential EU-US FTA (TTIP) on consumer protection and food safety

In its Interim Report to Leaders, 19 June 2012 (the final report was due end 2012, but still not published as of Feb. 2013), the Co-Chairs EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth states on p.3, that “In order to set the most constructive stage for U.S.-EU discussions during the hoped-for negotiations, we … Continue reading

TTIP and Financial Services

Updated on 29 January 2015 Written by Jan Baeverstroem, According to a study from the Congressional Research Service: EU-U.S. Economic Ties: Framework, Scope, and Magnitude , February 2014, total EU foreign direct investments in the United States amounted to $1,647.6 billion at the end of 2012 (62.2% of total). Out of this, $356.8 billion (21.7%) … Continue reading

EU-US trade agreement (TTIP / TAFTA)

In the context of the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), citizens called for the Parliament to ensure transparent negotiations and to preserve European consumer and environmental standards. In view of the NSA surveillance revelations, they expressed particular worries about data protection and questioned the benefits of the planned agreement. Update … Continue reading

The Agriculture issue in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

In its Interim Report to Leaders, 19 June 2012 the Co-Chairs EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth only mention their intention to agree on “An ambitious ‘SPS-plus’ chapter, including establishing a bilateral forum for improved dialogue and cooperation on SPS issues”. In the Final Report from 11 February 2013, this idea is … Continue reading

TTIP : Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership : EU-US future FTA

updated 19 June 2013 The European Union and the United States are each other’s main trading partners and enjoy the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. In 2011, EU imports from the US amounted to  11 % and the exports to 17 % of its extra-EU trade, whereas EU-27 accoounted for 17 % of US imports … Continue reading

Tax: tackling tax avoidance and fighting tax evasion [Topical Digest]

Tax avoidance and tax evasion have once again hit the headlines, with an outcry across the world over the leaked ‘Paradise Papers’. Continue reading

12 graphs: Article 12 of the Vienna Convention

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Union conducts and concludes trade agreements with partners on every continent, and is modernising some of the older agreements, dating back as far as the 1970s, to reflect the EU’s new trade competences acquired with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Article 12 of the Vienna Convention … Continue reading

Citizens’ questions to the European Parliament in 2016

In both European and international politics, 2016 was a memorable year, and this was reflected in over 87 000 questions put by citizens to the President of the European Parliament or to its Citizens Enquiries Unit/Ask EP unit. Top topics: EU mechanism on democracy, EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement and Migration The most pressing issue for citizens … Continue reading

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