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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. 

Money and Spanking: The Quest for Enforceable Currency Rules

After years of political wrangling over whether Congress should enact strong measures to counter exchange rate manipulation by China or other countries, a donnybrook is brewing in conjunction with congressional consideration of new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The outcome could determine the fate of major trade negotiations. 
Whatever the merits, if enforceable exchange rate disciplines become a principal U.S. negotiating objective at this stage, prospects for concluding a Trans Pacific Partnership or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement would be thrown into greater doubt.

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 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.

The Honeymooners and Trade Policy

The Honeymooners” and the State of Play on U.S. Trade Policy
by Kathryn Hauser
As Congress prepares to depart Washington for the August break, they leave behind a huge amount of unfinished business.  The image that comes to mind is a scene from the old sitcomThe Honeymooners,featuring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, respectively. 
Ralph, a bus driver, is the underdog who struggles to make a better life for himself and his wife but fails because of his own shortcomings.

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.

Thoughts on TPA and T-TIP

Some Thoughts on TPA and T-TIP
As Congress considers the bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which was introduced on January 9 by a bipartisan group led by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative David Camp (R-MI) as the “Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014,” one question worth asking is how this bill may affect the U.S.-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has signaled that President Obama should not expect to get new TPA anytime soon.
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