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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations: State of Play

28-08-2014

The negotiations on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) started in June 2013, with enormous political support on both sides of the Atlantic. One year on, after six rounds of negotiations, initial enthusiasm in view of an agreement which would create a transatlantic market free of tariffs and other non-tariff barriers with the aim of boosting growth and creating additional jobs, both in the EU and the US, has given way to defence of own markets. Be it increased ...

The negotiations on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) started in June 2013, with enormous political support on both sides of the Atlantic. One year on, after six rounds of negotiations, initial enthusiasm in view of an agreement which would create a transatlantic market free of tariffs and other non-tariff barriers with the aim of boosting growth and creating additional jobs, both in the EU and the US, has given way to defence of own markets. Be it increased access to markets for goods, services and public procurement, closer regulatory cooperation, an investment chapter that includes sound investment protection provisions and an Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause, intellectual property rights, a chapter on energy and raw materials, etc., all the issues involved appear to be contentious in some way for the transatlantic negotiators. The European Parliament, which will have to give its consent to the TTIP (as will the US Congress), has been following the negotiations closely.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the USA: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

15-04-2013

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposal to the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and United States of America, submitted on 12 March 2013. The European Union and the Unites States together account for about half of the world GDP (47%) and one third of global trade flows. They are each other's ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposal to the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and United States of America, submitted on 12 March 2013. The European Union and the Unites States together account for about half of the world GDP (47%) and one third of global trade flows. They are each other's main trading partners and enjoy the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. On 13 February 2013, the EU and the US leaders decided to take their economic relationship to a higher level by agreeing to launch negotiations for a comprehensive trade and investment partnership, which will aim to go beyond the classic approach of removing tariffs and opening markets on investment, services and public procurement. According to the Commission, the successful conclusion of such an agreement, which would be the biggest bilateral trade and investment deal ever negotiated, could add 0.5% to the EU's annual economic output.

The CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) : the Development Component

02-04-2009

Executive summary The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) and the European Community (EC) is the only comprehensive EPA negotiated so far, and was signed by all parties (except Haiti) in October 2008. Now that the details have been finalised a start can be made to identify the likely development impact, and this report provides an initial assessment. Comprehensive changes to trade, investment and related policies produce profound and wideranging economic impacts ...

Executive summary The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) and the European Community (EC) is the only comprehensive EPA negotiated so far, and was signed by all parties (except Haiti) in October 2008. Now that the details have been finalised a start can be made to identify the likely development impact, and this report provides an initial assessment. Comprehensive changes to trade, investment and related policies produce profound and wideranging economic impacts, but do so gradually over time with multiple, cross-cutting effects. The impact of the EPA on the Cariforum states will be especially wide-ranging (because of its broad scope) and drawn out (because it will be implemented over 25 years). This report focuses on the likely early effects and their implications for European Union (EU) policy both because these are currently the highest development priority and because the scale and scope of later effects will take time (and a great deal of in-country research) to assess accurately. In commissioning the report, the European Parliament asked that it address four specific questions, with a focus on Barbados, Guyana and Suriname. These were to: ♦ identify the available financial resources (within the European Development Fund (EDF) and outside it); ♦ identify the needs of sectors and countries; ♦ identify the mode of delivery of the promised aid; ♦ assess the adequacy of the development chapter and other clauses of the Cariforum EPA and judge how these provisions could best be implemented to promote economic development in the region. Based on this analysis the authors were requested to make policy recommendations on how the development component of the EPA could be enhanced. [...]

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Mareike Meyn, Christopher Stevens, Jane Kennan and Nick Highton (ODI) ; Sanoussi Bilal, Corinna Braun-Munzinger, Dan Lui and Jeske van Seters (ECDPM) ; Collette Campbell and John Rapley (Caribbean Research Policy Institute - CaPRI)

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