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Germany’s centre-left party chief and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel sees party support dented over TTIP, CETA

The annual three-day party convention of the SPD, Chancellor Merkel’s junior coalition partner in government, turned out to be bruising for Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s current Vice Chancellor and economics minister.   Part of the left-wing fraction of the party criticised Gabriel for supporting TTIP and CETA, and for toeing the …

United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

USTR Froman is in Brussels to take stock of TTIP negotiations, talk WTO issues

The US top trade diplomat Michael Froman is in Europe and spending time in Brussels to take stock of the difficult transatlantic trade negotiations. His counterpart Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said WTO issues and the coming Nairobi Ministerial next week are also on the agenda of their meeting as both sides …

United States & TTIP

Vilsack sees mutual recognition of equivalence as possible way out for TTIP agricultural talks on SPS/GIs

During his visit in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talked TTIP with the Commission, lobby groups, and the European Parliament.   During a hearing with Europe’s legislative body, Vilsack said: “We think there are benefits to both the United States and to …

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Monthly briefing: EU & public procurement: FTAs, TTIP and EU-Japan

In October 2015, European Union and United States trade negotiators started discussing government procurement in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for the first time in two years of talks. Both sides aim to exchange market access offers before February 2016. Public procurement is one of the most contentious …

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Reminder: Key take-aways of Council (Trade) on 27 November

The Council’s foreign affairs trade branch met for an intense meeting on trade issues. Key take-aways:   TTIP/Transparency: Member state parliamentarians will now receive access to consolidated TTIP texts (i.e. with US views) in EU capitals. This has been a key demand of the German Bundestag. “There will be reading …

ISDS ICS United States & TTIP

German small business group supports new Commission investment proposal, criticises clamp-down on intra EU ISDS

In a newsletter to its members, the German association of Mittelstand companies, the DIHK welcomed the EU Commission’s TTIP proposal for an investment court, hailing in particular its new provisions in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises.   “Investment protection serves precisely the protection of small and medium-sized enterprises, which …