November 14, 2014

On Friday, November 14, the Atlantic Council released its newest report exploring how an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) can help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in both the United States and Europe.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership:
Big Opportunities for Small Business

Keynote Speaker:
Congressman Erik Paulsen
Congressional TTIP Caucus

Panel Discussion with:
Mr. Damien Levie
Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Dr. Christina Sevilla
Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business
Office of the US Trade Representative

Mr. Raj Subramaniam
Executive Vice President

Report Overview and Moderator:
Dr. Fran Burwell
Vice President and Director, Program on Transatlantic Relations
Atlantic Council

SMEs represent the vast majority of all firms on both sides of the Atlantic and are responsible for over two-thirds of net new job creation over the last decade in both the United States and the European Union. Yet, they face significant barriers when attempting to export their goods and services.

Our new report uses a case study approach, examining the export experiences of American and European businesses from a range of industries to identify concrete challenges that SMEs must overcome when trying to trade across the Atlantic. By recognizing the most significant challenges, we can outline specific policy recommendations to ensure TTIP helps to remove the roadblocks.

Please check out the webcast to view our interesting and lively discussion of the opportunities that TTIP could provide small businesses.