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Froman Malmstrom War room
Photo Credit: @MalmstromEU
EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman held a meeting in Washington, DC this last week with lead negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Michael Punk, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others to gauge the current status of negotiations and the way ahead.

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This week Cecilia Malmström is visiting Washington, DC to "talk TTIP" with key US policymakers as well as engage with the US public.  On Friday, 9 March, she will meet with US Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss the current status of negotiations. Picture Source: European Delegation to the United States.

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Montanino, Katainen, Barroso
On Wednesday, March 2, the Atlantic Council hosted European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen and former EC President José Manuel Barroso to discuss a road map for European growth.

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12th Round Kicks Off
Photo Credit: @EU_TTIP_team
US and EU Chief Negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero shake hands to kick off the 12th round of negotiations this week in Brussels.
 
The 12th round of TTIP negotiations is in full swing, with several stakeholder meetings taking place today. If you want to know more about the issues covered and the representatives who attended the meetings, please click here for an overview. The press and media briefings won't be held until the conclusion of talks on Friday, February 26. The public can follow the briefing live via a Europe by Satellite feed at 12:00pm CET.

Find out more about this round of negotiations on the European Commission's webpage.

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Kerry at MSC
US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference this week.

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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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