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.
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
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
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
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.
Honeymooners” and the State of Play on U.S. Trade Policy
by Kathryn Hauser
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.
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
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.
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.