TTIP: Towards an EU-US free trade deal – But what’s in it for our partners?

IMG_1734The third round of negotiations between the EU and the US took place in Washington DC, in December 2013. The next round will start in mid-March 2014. Talks for a free trade deal may take longer than initially foreseen and major challenges need to be addressed to reach an agreement, but negotiations seem to be on the right track to conclude in what will become the most far reaching free trade deal ever concluded. TTIP would create the world’s largest free trade area and thereby become a virtual regulatory hegemony. Continue reading

Upcoming event: “TTIP: Towards an EU-US free trade deal – But what’s in it for our partners?”

ttip männchenWednesday, 5 March 2014
12.00 – 14.00 h

The third round of negotiations between the EU and the US has taken place in Washington DC, in December 2013. Talks for a free trade deal might take longer than initially foreseen and major challenges need to be addressed to reach an agreement, but negotiations seem to be on the right track to conclude in what will become the most far-reaching free trade deal ever concluded.

At the same time, negotiations have raised concerns amongst the EU’s and USA’s trade partners on what the consequences will be for their markets. Canada and Mexico, on the one side, and the members of the European Economic Area as well as Turkey, on the other side, have asked to be included in the agreement or consulted on it. However, in view of the complexity of the present deal between the EU and the USA, including more countries could make the deal impossible.

This event aims at discussing the challenges arising from the TTIP for our trade partners and their solutions to face them.

Please find the invitation here. The event is overbooked. Registration is no longer possible.

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Upcoming event: “Moving beyond polemics: The real value of the transatlantic relationship”

Van_Rompuy,_Obama,_Barroso_Nov_2011Wednesday, 19 February 2014
10.30-14.30 h

The transatlantic relationship had a mixed year in 2013. On the one hand, the EU and US started negotiations for a comprehensive trade deal last July. Another transatlantic highlight was the interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. While it is too early to say whether Geneva was a breakthrough, it would not have come about without tight transatlantic foreign policy cooperation. At the same time, however, revelations of the NSA’s data collection program have created the perception of strained relations between the EU and the US. How then should we assess the status of the transatlantic relationship? Will EU-US unity persist on Iran or will questions about Teheran’s commitment to the deal and the next steps create divisions? Will calls for an anti-spying regime and the possibility of further leaks concerning the NSA program complicate the transatlantic partnership and how can this be avoided?

Programme

Panel 1: “Can the West trust Iran? The interim deal and prospect for a final one”

Panel 2: “I spy with my little eye: Strengthening transatlantic data protection”

Please find the invitation here. Kindly register here.

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