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Froman Signs TPP
US Trade Representative Michael Froman signed the TPP in Auckland, New Zealand on Feb. 4 along with the Ministers from all nations part of the agreement. Photo credit: @usembassynz

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Brussels
The 12th round of TTIP negotiations is scheduled for the week of February 22, in Brussels.  Catch up on the results of the 11th round here.

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New Zealand announced this week that it will host the signing of the TPP in Auckland on Thursday, February 4. (New Zealand Government)

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WEF in Davos 2016
The World Economic Forum is currently gathering in Davos, Switzerland.  The Forum started on January 20 and will conclude on January 23.  (World Economic Forum)

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Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her support for TTIP on her weekly
podcast on Saturday, January 10. (The Federal Chancellor)

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President Obama Talks TPP in his Final State of the Union Address:
"... we forged a Trans-Pacific Partnership to open markets, and protect workers and the environment, and advance American leadership in Asia.  It cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America, which will then support more good jobs here in America.  With TPP, China does not set the rules in that region; we do.  You want to show our strength in this new century?  Approve this agreement.  Give us the tools to enforce it." 
- President Barack Obama

Last night, President Obama gave his final State of the Union Address, elaborating on topics such as the US criminal justice system, immigration, gun violence, health care, unemployment, the state of the economy, innovation, among many others. With regards to trade, he mostly focused on the TPP, which is not surprising given that the conclusion of the TPP negotiations dominated the US public debate on trade for most of 2015. Given his visit to Europe in April, where he will "talk TTIP" with Chancellor Merkel, public debate might gradually shift their focus to TTIP negotiations. 
To read his speech in its entirety, please click here.

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King Willem-Alexander and Martin Schulz
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands met EP President Martin Schulz
during a visit to Brussels . The Monarch also visited the Council as part
of his country taking over the presidency of the European Council on 
1 January 2016. (European Parliament)

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Did you know?
Every six months a different member state holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In 2016, the Netherlands will hold the Presidency for the twelfth time. The last time was in 2004.Read more about the rotating Council Presidency on the Netherlands' EU Presidency webpage.

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EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström participates in a ceremony for Saint Lucy's Day, a holiday celebrating a 3rd century saint that is 
commonly celebrated in Scandinavia. (Photo Credit: Cecilia Malmström)

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Happy Holidays from TTIPAction
Today will mark the last TTIPAction newsletter of this year ahead of the holiday season.

Dear TTIPAction readers, 
Thank you so much for your help and support of TTIPAction over the course of 2015. It has been a pleasure working on this important topic with you, and I am looking forward to continuing to update you on “all things TTIP” and trade in 2016. 

I wish you and your families a happy holiday season and a happy New Year. In case you cannot wait until the first newsletter in January, keep updated by following me on twitter @TTIPAction

Marie Kasperek
Managing Editor, 
TTIP Action

For those of you who would like to get a taste of how Christmas is celebrated "European style", the European Delegation to the United States has made a list of all the European style Christmas markets around the United States. 

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From December 8-11, Ambassador Froman will travel to the United Kingdom and Belgium for meetings on TTIP. He will meet with European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for an informal meeting ahead of the next round of TTIP negotiations in early 2016. (Photo Credit: European Commission Audiovisual Service)

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TTIP Graphic of the Week

A deal so secretive that nobody knows it's the most open & transparent trade negotiation to date!
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                                            Source: EU_TTIP_Team
In the context of their strategy to increase transparency of trade negotiations, the European Commission has "translated" TTIP to explain what it is really about- and what it is not about! Download your free copy here.

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Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström speaks at a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council on November 27. (Photo Credit: The European Union)

TTIP Graphic of the Week

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This graphic by the European Commission's TTIP Team clearly indicates the challenges European SMEs are currently facing in exporting to the united States and highlights the gains for small companies in TTIP. 

If you are interested in reading in more depth about what small and medium enterprises stand to gain from TTIP, we recommend reading our Atlantic Council report "Big Opportunities for Small Business."

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President Obama prepares to pardon a turkey during last year's pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon ceremony. (Photo Credit: The White House) 

Want to know more about the whole process behind the Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon ceremony? Then we recommend this interesting National Public Radio article


This Week's Highlights


The TTIPAction Team wishes You and Your Families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Food for Thought 
study by the University of Illinois found that 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving. In light of these numbers and the spirit of the upcoming US holidays, the TTIPAction team would like to eradicate a widely spread myth on the lowering of food standards in general and the EU import of chlorine chicken in particular, through TTIP.

Especially in Germany, these issues are at the forefront of criticism against TTIP. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has assured her electorate on several occasions that "food standards won't be lowered through TTIP", and that "Chlorine chicken will not be imported because of TTIP." 

In parallel to the Chancellor's promises, there have been independent studies from both the European Food Safety Authority and the US Congressional Research Service on the use of Pathogen Reduction Treatments in poultry production which concluded independently from each other that “chemical substances in poultry are unlikely to pose an immediate or acute health risk for consumers."

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