A New Year, a New Push for TTIP
by Kathryn Hauser, Managing Partner
Policy Connections International, LLC
February 3, 2016
What a difference a New Year
Now that American trade
negotiators have completed the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (TPP),
more resources and energy can be put to resolving the thorny issues that plague
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations (TTIP) with the
European Union. Ambassador Froman has
rightly given a positive nod and encouragement to his team to quicken the pace
with additional meetings of negotiating teams taking place between the formal
Focus on the “M” in SMEs
November 24, 2014
As the United
States and European Union continue negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP), priority is being given to the impact of an
agreement on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Indeed, an entire chapter of the T-TIP
negotiating text is devoted to the particular challenges that American and
European SMEs face in navigating the maze of regulations and obstacles to trade
across the Atlantic.
Resetting the T-TIP: Three Points for
It’s great news
that USTR Michael Froman and the new EU trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström
have agreed to meet in mid-December to evaluate progress on T-TIP and “reset”
the direction of these important talks.
As they prepare for their first face-to-face meeting, I suggest three
important issues for reflection.
1. History offers some perspective: The
The T-TIP Negotiators’ Challenge:“How’s that T-TIP
Thing Workin’ for Ya?”
by Kathryn Hauser
October 28, 2014
well-known American TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw has a line he often uses
with guests to snap them out of delusional thinking and back to reality: “So,
how’s that workin’ for ya?” This is the
question we need to put to American and European negotiators who have now
completed seven rounds of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and have precious little to show for their
Trade negotiators from the United States and the European
Union just met in Washington last week for the seventh round of negotiations on
the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). I participated in the so-called Stakeholder
Consultation that the two negotiating teams had arranged for -- and came away
with the sense that the negotiators have lost their way.
who has long been involved in, and advocated for, an intensifying transatlantic
business relationship, I do not say this lightly.
Making Sense of
Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation
Managing Partner, Policy Connections International, LLC
Cooperation is one of the key issues for negotiation under the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
Now that the American and European Union trade negotiators have
completed their fourth round of face-to-face talks, it is a good time to step
back and assess where things stand on this broad and complex issue.
Large and small
businesses on both sides of the Atlantic agree that the most serious barriers
to transatlantic commerce are the divergent ways of regulating markets for both
goods and services.