Dialogue on proposed TTIP, 8 December 2014
Sean Kelly MEP today hosted a wide ranging dialogue on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with a number of representative bodies and NGOs representing the manufacturing and services Industry, Farming, the Environment and Trade Unions. The meeting heard of a wide range of hopes as well as concerns for the proposed trade deal between the US and the EU.
Among the many issues discussed were:
- GMOs and hormone raised beef , as well as standards in areas such as the farming and food industries;
- Benefits that the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers would bring to both economic areas;
- Mutual recognition of procedures for establishing industry compliance with standards;
- Impact that such a deal might have on the environment;
- Inclusion of a dispute resolution mechanism allowing firms to take legal actions against governments over any adverse impact of government policy on investments.
Emphasising that the trade deal would have to bring benefits for both economies or it would not be agreed by Parliament, Sean Kelly pointed out that a very clear mandate had been given to the EU negotiators in relation to many areas where the EU position must be maintained. Any final deal would be subject to agreement by the European Parliament and all aspects would be carefully monitored and assessed before the Parliament passed judgement on the deal.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and innovation, Richard Bruton TD, addressed the meeting giving a wide-ranging briefing on various aspects of the negotiations.