What We’re Reading | November 7

TTIP Action aggregates the latest news and best analysis from across the United States and European Union on the ongoing negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Speeches & Official Announcements

Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks to American Chamber of Commerce Participants | US Department of State
At the American Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, Secretary Kerry explained the reasoning for making bilateral trade such a priority. With trade between the US and Poland quadrupling over the last 10 years, transforming the economic relationship between the EU and the US would make trade more open, make markets more free, make competition stronger, and create more jobs and opportunity.


Lifting European Union Beef Ban May Aid Transatlantic Trade Deal | Politico
Lifting of the US ban on EU beef, imposed 15 years ago over fears of the spread of mad cow disease, may serve to help EU and US negotiators reach a transatlantic trade agreement. EU Ambassador to the US Joao Vale de Almeida said the final BSE rule is “solid proof the EU and US can resolve differences.”

Recent Analysis

The Parliament Blog: TTIP | The Parliament
In preparation for the second round of TTIP negotiations, Natasha Marie Levanti highlights some foreseeable issues. Data protection, cyber security, and European energy security are likely to be hot topics, whereas the fight against terror and NATO are not likely to be discussed.

Should TTIP Be Held Ransom to Snowden? | Carnegie Europe
Carnegie Europe’s Judy Dempsey questioned numerous policy experts on the link between TTIP negotiations and the recent NSA surveillance revelations. Across the board experts said that although trust has been compromised, moving forward with negotiations is in the best interest of both the EU and the US.

Recipe for US Jobs Starts With Trade Promotion Authority | Roll Call
Moving forward with ambitious trade agreements will require the US to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Free trade agreements are the solution to the US trade deficit. The 20 US FTA partners have a trade surplus with the US and buy nearly half of all US exports.

The US Suffers From Strategic Blindness | Daily Star
US foreign policy needs a strategic vision if it wants to remain a global power. Suspending TTIP negotiations over the NSA scandal would be a folly. TTIP is the opportunity to ensure there is a dialogue about privacy and surveillance. 

Upcoming Events

  • November 11-15 | Second Round of TTIP Negotiations in Brussels
  • November 12 | British American Business Conference: The New Transatlantic Market: Gamechangers, Opportunities and Risks in London. Click here for more information on registration.
  • November 13-14 | Seventh Annual Transatlantic Business Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Click here for more information on registration.
  • November 15 | Media Briefing on Second Round of TTIP Negotiations by US and EU chief trade negotiators. Watch online or click here for more information on registration
  • November 15 | The European Commission will hold a briefing for stakeholders during the second round of negotiations- November 15. Click here to register.
  • December 2 | The 2013 Mortimer Caplin Conference on the World Economy presents: The TTIP: A Multilateral Perspective. Register Here.
  • December 16-20 | Third Round of TTIP Negotiations in Washington
  • January 2013 | Stock-taking exercise between EU Commissioner Karel de Gucht and USTR Michael Froman

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