Author: Iana Dreyer

United States & TTIP

TTIP: European business alliance in call for “constructive approach”

Creative thinking is needed to make progress in TTIP, business groups say.   The Business Alliance for TTIP, which includes the European Small Business Alliance, the European Round Table, the European Services Forum, Business Europe, the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, Eurocommerce, Eurochambres and AmChamEU, is calling for tangible progress in TTIP …

TTIP Round 14 held under the shadow of Brexit, leaving out services
Brexit United States & TTIP

TTIP Round 14 held under the shadow of Brexit, leaving out services

The EU and the US are holding a fourteenth round of TTIP negotiations. Few expect significant breakthroughs in the now three-year-old talks. Negotiations are deadlocked over bread-and-butter market access issues in agriculture, services, and procurement. Fundamental disagreements persist on rules on investment or on intellectual property rights (geographical indications). The UK’s …

CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’
CETA EU trade policy

CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’

The Commission’s intentions to declare CETA an EU-only agreement, loudly announced last week by President Jean-Claude Juncker, have backfired. Amidst a pushback from powerful member states, including France and Germany, the Commission has decided to declare CETA “mixed” and prioritised its coming into force provisionally as early as possible.   …