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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.

Fast Track Opponents are Off-Track in Maligning Multinationals

Last Friday, as the Senate prepared to wind up its debate over TPA (also known as “Fast Track”) legislation, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) took to the floor to reiterate his opposition:
“In looking at trade bills that have passed in Congress in the years past, it’s not going to help the people I want to help.  I’m happy that multinational corporations are doing well, but my first goal is not them.  It’s people who work for a living.”
The Senate approved the legislation, but prominent Democrats in the House of Representatives, where the TPA bill will face a tougher battle, share Sen.

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.
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