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TPP: A View from Europe

This blog was first published by the ProgressiveEconomy andnis repeated here

TPP: A View from Europe
Why Europe is Watching Closely
by Kathryn Hauser
 March 16, 2016
 
 As American and European negotiators met last month in Brussels for the 12 round of US-EU trade talks, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), many Europeans were looking east - to the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - for clues about the future of global trade and the impact of TPP on Europe.

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.

A Holiday Wish for Peaceful Resolution of the Transatlantic Food Name Fight

‘Tis the Season for Gastronomic Indulgence -- and some associated thoughts on Geographical Indications.  This is a trade policy menu item that causes considerable indigestion, but it can’t be left behind on the plate if there is to be a transatlantic free trade accord.

Holiday gatherings among our family and friends have become epicurean  tours du monde.  Not only do they include traditional American fare, but also meats, cheeses, wines and spirits from just about everywhere. 

TTIP -- The Toast of Bordeaux


Kathryn Hauser is in Europe this week, sharing her U.S.-EU trade policy insights and hearing views from the other side of the pond. Today's stop: beautiful Bordeaux. Here's an announcement from the Dec. 3 edition of the region's main economic newspaper,La Tribune Objectif Aquitaine:

Libre-échange : 2 experts américains en visite à Bordeaux

Aujourd'hui et demain matin, deux experts américains de l'accord de libre-échange entre l'Europe et les Etats-Unis répondent à l'invitation de Thomas Wolf, le consul des Etats-Unis à Bordeaux.

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
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