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A New Year, a New Push for TTIP

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 makes.
 
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 negotiating sessions.

Focus on the "M" in SMEs





Focus on the “M” in SMEs
Kathryn Hauser
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 T-TIP: Three Points for Reflection

Resetting the T-TIP: Three Points for Reflection
 
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 Williams Commission

How's that T-TIP Thing Workin' for Ya?


The T-TIP Negotiators’ Challenge:“How’s that T-TIP Thing Workin’ for Ya?”
by Kathryn Hauser
October 28, 2014
 
 
The 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 effort.

Importance of Insurance in T-TIP

We are pleased to share the following blog on the importance of including liberalization of insurance in the T-TIP negotiations.  The article was written by Steve Simchak, director of international affairs at the American Insurance Association in Washington. He can be reached at ssimchak@aiadc.org and 202-828-7133.

It's a Partnership, Stupid!

It’s aPartnership, Stupid!
By Kathryn Hauser
October 7, 2014
 
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. 
 
As somebody 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


Making Sense of Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation
Kathryn Hauser
Managing Partner, Policy Connections International, LLC
 
Regulatory 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.
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