TRADE in ACTION

  • TTIP Action - September 30

    Sept 30 Photo_FinalEuropean Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström speaks about TTIP and the future of trade policy at Columbia University on September 25 in New York City. (Picture: European Commission)

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    After an eventful last week featuring Chinese President Xi, EU Trade Commissioner Malmström, the Pope, and the UN Summit in New York City, this week is again packed with important meetings and announcements on trade on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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  • TTIP Action - September 23

    Commissioner Malmstrom and USTR Mike FromanUSTR Michael Froman and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström meet this week ahead of the next round of TTIP negotiations in October in Miami, Florida. (Foto: USTR.gov)

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    On the European side, the European Union and Japan concluded the 12th round of talks towards a free trade agreement, while the Greeks voted for the fifth time in six years- and Tsipras won his third mandate in eight months. Earlier this week, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade held their first debate on the court system that is supposed to
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  • TTIP Action - September 16

    21276204411_4ed48fa562_nEuropean Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska speaks at the Atlantic Council on September 14 about TTIP, SMEs, and the European Commission’s economic agenda. The Commissioner was accompanied by EU Ambassador to the united States David O’Sullivan (right).The discussion was moderated by Andrea Montanino, Director of the Global Business and Economics Program of the Atlantic Council (left).

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    Earlier today,the European Commission has approved its proposal for a new and transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states – the Investment Court System. This new system would replace the existing Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in all ongoing and...

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  • TTIP Action - September 9

    Juncker ResizedThe European Commission is back from its summer break, with European Commission President Jean- Claude Juncker providing his first State of the Union address on September 9. 

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    Both sides of the Atlantic are back in session- both with a packed to-do list. On the US side, trade enthusiasts are hoping for new impetus to finish the Trans-Pacific Partnership, look forward to a high-level visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of September, and await the fate of the US Export-Import Bank and customs legislation.

    Meanwhile, the fourth round of trilateral talks on the EU-Ukraine Trade Agreement concluded earlier this week in Brussels, followed by the European Parliament passing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
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  • TTIP Action - July 30

    TTIP Action July 30TPP ministers this week are looking towards Ed Fast, Canada's Minister for International Trade, to make a new market access offer on Canadian dairy.

    Goodbye for the Summer

    After today, we will be taking a short break from TTIP and will resume our comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of U.S.-EU trade in the fall. The TTIP Action team wishes you a relaxing rest of the summer!

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    Trade ministers from the twelve TPP nations are considering a U.S. proposal for a separate forum outside of the agreement to discuss how to prevent countries from manipulating currencies for competitive advantage.
  • TTIP Action - July 28

    TTIP Action July 28US Trade Representative Michael Froman will meet with his fellow trade ministers at a TPP summit from July 28-31 in Hawaii.

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    On July 24, the European Union, the United States, China and the vast majority of the World Trade Organization (WTO) members agreed to extend the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), eliminating custom duties on 201 high-tech products in what is the biggest tariff-cutting deal brokered by the WTO in almost two decades.

    As negotiators push to reach a draft TTIP agreement by the end of the year, geographical indications (GIs) - a
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  • TTIP Action - July 21

    TTIP Action July 21Chief TTIP negotiators Dan Mullaney from the US and Ignacio Garcia Bercero from the EU wrapped up the tenth round of TTIP negotiations on July 17

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    At a press conference following the conclusion of the tenth TTIP negotiating round, chief negotiators Dan Mullaney from the US and Ignacio Garcia Bercero from the EU highlighted various achievements such as increased regulatory convergence and progress on market access.

    On Monday, leading House Democrats sent a letter urging US Trade Representative Michael Froman to include provisions in
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  • TTIP Action - July 16

    froman emailUS Trade Representative Michael Froman will meet with his fellow trade ministers at a TPP summit from July 28-31 in Hawaii.

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    A recent research paper from the Peterson Institute for International Economics argues that the real benefit of any transatlantic agreement would come from eliminating non-tariff barriers such as regulatory disparities, especially on automobiles, for which regulatory costs amount to more than $20 billion annually.

    In a recent letter to the Canadian ambassador to the US, twenty-one members of Congress urged Canada to resolve outstanding market access issues
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  • TTIP Action - July 14

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    EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström addressed the European Parliament's International Trade Committee on Monday.

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    The tenth round of TTIP negotiations is underway in Brussels, where one talking point is sure to be the European Parliament's set of recommendations to EU negotiators, which you can read here. Having long suffered a reputation as merely a peripheral body to trade negotiations, the Parliament has recently asserted itself as a major voice in the TTIP debate with its recently approved list of proposals, one of which calls for the establishment of a public investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system.
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  • TTIP Action - July 9

    TTIP Action July 9The European Parliament voted in favor of TTIP recommendations for EU negotiators during its plenary session yesterday.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    The European Parliament voted yesterday to approve a set of recommendations for the EU's negotiating position on TTIP. Calling for an end to the old investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, which utilized private tribunals, MEPs overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new paradigm based on public courts.

    Following a meeting with President Obama in Washington, Nguyen Phu Trong-leader of Vietnam's ruling communist party-pledged to uphold the high standards of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by carrying out the reforms necessary to meet the commitments
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