TRADE in ACTION

  • TTIP Action - July 7

    froman webUS Trade Representative Michael Froman will meet with his fellow chief negotiators in late July with the goal of completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    TTIP faces an important juncture tomorrow as the European Parliament will vote on recommendations that will inform the European Commission's negotiating position on the prospective trade agreement. On the table will be a compromise resolution from International Trade Committee Chairman Bernd Lange proposing an investor protection mechanism that utilizes public courts instead of private tribunals.

    Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership are also coming to a head, as the twelve nations party to the deal have agreed on the date of what
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  • TTIP Action - June 30

    lange for websiteUnder the direction of Chairman Berndt Lange, the European Parliament's trade committee this week paved the way for an upcoming plenary vote on TTIP draft recommendations.

    This Week's Trade Highlights

    Now that President Obama has signed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) into law, attention has turned toward the next round of TTIP negotiations, scheduled to take place from July 13-17 in Brussels. The US Trade Representative (USTR) is also expected to wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the end of the summer.
     
    After retabling the plenary amendments from June, the European
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  • TTIP Action | June 25

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    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R, WI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R, OH) joined House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH) for the enrollment of trade promotion authority legislation. Pictured along with them are Reps. Pete Sessions (R, TX), Ron Kind (D, WI), Jim Costa (D, CA), and Mike Quigley (D, IL) .

    This Week in a Nutshell

    With the US Congress passing TPA, realizing a highly ambitious Pacific trade agreement seems increasingly promising. TAA, a bill set to protect domestic workers, is set to come up on the legislative table.
    Across the Atlantic, the European Parliament is considering the terms by which ISDS tribunals will be included in TTIP agreements. Europeans appear to be increasingly supportive of amendments and
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  • TTIP Action - June 18

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    delivered her State of the Nation Address this week ahead of the EU Summit, emphasizing the importance of TTIP and her intent on working closely with President Obama to resolve any outstanding issues.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    Just a few moments ago, the House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority (218-208), which now heads to the Senate. The renewed push does not include TAA. However, the House's ability to reconsider the TAA vote was extended earlier this week up until July 30, the very last possible moment before the month-long August recess.
    On the other side of the Atlantic, the European Parliament's International Trade Committee exchanged views on the 116 amendments to the Parliament's draft
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  • TTIP Action - June 16

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    After suffering a stinging rebuke from his fellow Democrats in the House, President Obama is relying on GOP leaders such as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to apply renewed pressure on Democrats in an effort to round up enough votes to move TPA forward. According to McCarthy, "The best option right now" would be for "the Democrats to come to their senses" and support the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which would help workers hurt by a trade deal.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    As TPP negotiations come to a close, the European Parliament's International Trade Committee has been actively discussing important TTIP amendments and WTO agreements.
    Foreign diplomats and scholars alike have come forward with their support for
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  • TTIP Action - June 11

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    Chair of the European Parliament's Trade Committee, Bernd Lange, insists that the committee will use the additional time gained through the postponed vote on its recommendations to work towards reaching a stable majority for the TTIP-resolution.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    Whilst a vote on the final passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill is scheduled for Friday in what is expected to be an extremely close contest within the House, the White House is working with House GOP leadership to solidify Democratic support.
    On the other side of the Atlantic, the debate and vote on the Parliament's recommendations on the ongoing TTIP negotiations were postponed because of the high number
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  • TTIP Action - June 9

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    Kicking of the G7 summit with a traditional family photo.

    This Week in a Nutshell

    The week kicked off with the G7 summit in Germany, where the world's economic leaders discussed the global economy, trade, and progress towards an international deal on reducing the effects of climate change. At the summit, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to accelerate work on TTIP in order to complete an outline of the agreement by the end of 2015.
    On the European side, however, the European Parliament has postponed a vote on the EU's negotiating position on TTIP that was initially scheduled for Wednesday. Because of internal divisions on investor protection clauses, the Parliament's president,
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  • TTIP Action - June 4

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    Catherine A. Novelli
    , Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the US State Department, spoke in Brussels on Tuesday at the Lisbon Council

    Speeches & Official Announcements

    The Geopolitical Aspect of TTIP

    "But what about other countries, particularly developing countries and our closest neighbors? How will they be affected? We will have a stronger economy in both the EU and the US. That will benefit our trading partners, near and far. We will bolster our energy security. And we will strengthen our hand when it comes to setting the rules of the game." - Cecilia Malmström
    Yesterday, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke at the European Parliament as part of a TTIP seminar organized by
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  • TTIP Action - June 2

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    European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström

    Speeches & Official Announcements

    National Parliaments: Vital for Trade and TTIP

    "We have no intention of lowering regulatory protections or of giving companies a veto over our future EU or Member States' policy space and actions. I am 100 percent sure that these things would not pass the European Parliament and neither would they pass your legislatures if this turns out to be a mixed agreement." - Cecilia Malmström
    Yesterday, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke in Riga at the 53rd meeting of the Conference of European Community Affairs Committees (COSAC). In front of national Parliaments, as well as Members of the European Parliament, Commissioner
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  • TTIP Action | May 28

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    The European Parliament in Strasbourg

    Speeches & Official Announcements

    TTIP: More US Market Access, Reform Investment Protection, Retain EU Standards

    Members of the EP Trade Committee voted on draft recommendations to the negotiators of the EU-US trade deal on Thursday, approving them in committee by 28 votes to 13 with no abstentions. They noted that TTIP should deepen EU access to the US market without undermining EU standards or the right to regulate in the public interest. The recommendations included the need for a balanced deal, investment protection reform, determining an 'exhaustive list' of sensitive agricultural products, more access to US energy resources, non-negotiable data protection, and opening up US transport markets and public procurement. (...

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